The Most Important Thing: Sudanese Refugees (15/15)

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Taiba Yusuf, 15, poses for a portrait in Jamam refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan on August 12th, 2012...Eight months before this photograph was taken, Taiba fled from her village of Lahmar in Sudan's Blue Nile State.  Leaving with nothing but the ragged clothing she was wearing, she, her mother and five brothers embarked on a two month journey to South Sudan.  She regularly went days at a time without eating, wore no shoes, and had not even a cup or a plastic bottle to carry water.  She stayed alive by scavenging for fruits in the forest, and by begging food and water from other refugees, and in villages she passed through along the way.  During the journey she suffered from diarrhea, and a skin infection which made walking painful...Unlike the other people pictured in this series of photographs, Taiba holds no object, as she made her journey from Blue Nile empty-handed.  Disabled due to a case of tetanus that took her left arm four years ago, Taiba is among the most vulnerable people seeking refuge in Maban County.  While she no longer lives in fear, she says that she still doesn't have enough to eat...Note: Pictured refugees hold the most important single item which they carried with them from Blue Nile.  The photographer's intent is to follow up and complete a matching series in several months to see what the most important item in their new lives is.
Taiba Yusuf, 15, poses for a portrait in Jamam refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan on August 12th, 2012...Eight months before this photograph was taken, Taiba fled from her village of Lahmar in Sudan's Blue Nile State. Leaving with nothing but the ragged clothing she was wearing, she, her mother and five brothers embarked on a two month journey to South Sudan. She regularly went days at a time without eating, wore no shoes, and had not even a cup or a plastic bottle to carry water....
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