December 2017 - Wau, Bahr el-Ghazal, South Sudan
Two years after its independence in 2011, South Sudan, the youngest country in the world, faced an internal conflict opposing different ethnic groups struggling for power, resulting in the dramatic increase of the number of Internally Displaced Persons.
In 2016, Wau, the third largest city in South Sudan, was also hit by violence between different ethnics which used to cohabitate well together. Thousands of people fled their home and sought refuge in the POC (Protection Of Civilians Site), a part of the town protected by United Nations forces.
These locally exiled people built temporary houses, sometimes just a few hundred meters from their previous home, and are now trying to rebuild a normal life.
Through this photo-series, I wanted to show the effort at every level - at international level to raise funds and coordinate these programs as well as at a very local level with local staff dedicated in taking care of their fellow people – to have innocent victims of a conflict continuing living a decent life, and get closer to the standard of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
This photoproject is shown at the GIZ headquarter, Berlin, Germany, since April 2018.