The Most Important Thing: Sudanese Refugees (15 images)

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What would you bring with you if you were forced to leave your home? On foot? More than 100,000 people from Sudan's Blue Nile state have been forced to make this decision. These portraits, taken while on assignment for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (, show the single most important item that 15 different people brought with them when they fled armed conflict, and undertook the long and difficult journey to find refuge in neighboring South Sudan.