The Most Important Thing: Sudanese Refugees (4/15)

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Haja Tilim, 55, poses for a portrait in Jamam refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan on August 7th, 2012.  When a bomb was dropped on the home of her neighbor Issa Unis, he was killed instantly.  That night, Haja and her family fled their home in Fadima Village, in Sudan's Blue Nile State...The most important thing that Haja was able to bring with her is the patterned shawl, called a "taupe" which which she carried her 18 month old granddaughter, Bal Gaze.  Haja brought nothing else with her, not even wearing shoes during the family's 25-day journey from Fadima  to the South Sudanese border.  She recalls, "I started to run while wearing my sandals, but they slowed me down, so I threw them on the side of the trail."..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.
Haja Tilim, 55, poses for a portrait in Jamam refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan on August 7th, 2012. When a bomb was dropped on the home of her neighbor Issa Unis, he was killed instantly. That night, Haja and her family fled their home in Fadima Village, in Sudan's Blue Nile State...The most important thing that Haja was able to bring with her is the patterned shawl, called a "taupe" which which she carried her 18 month old granddaughter, Bal Gaze. Haja brought nothing...
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