The Most Important Thing: Sudanese Refugees (14/15)

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Howard Serad, 21, poses for a portrait in Yusuf Batil refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan on August 6th, 2012.  Exchanges of gunfire and aerial bombardment forced Howard, with his wife and six children, to flee their home in Bau County, in Sudan's Blue Nile State, four months earlier.  At the time of this photograph, two of Howard's children were suffering from diarrhea...The most important object that Howard was able to bring with him is the long knife he holds, called a "shefe," with which he was able to defend his family and his herd of 20 cattle during their 20 day journey from Bau County to the South Sudanese border...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 portrait series in several months to see what the most important item in their new lives is.
Howard Serad, 21, poses for a portrait in Yusuf Batil refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan on August 6th, 2012. Exchanges of gunfire and aerial bombardment forced Howard, with his wife and six children, to flee their home in Bau County, in Sudan's Blue Nile State, four months earlier. At the time of this photograph, two of Howard's children were suffering from diarrhea...The most important object that Howard was able to bring with him is the long knife he holds, called a...
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