Kampala (Uganda), Spanish
Edition 2017 - Finalist
Statement: The average journey through the bush takes around seven days by foot, usually with little water and no food. Escaping what is now an ethnic war, almost 400,00 South Sudanese refugees have crossed the border into Uganda since July searching for peace and continue to do so. Here, refugee settlements are overcrowded and the lack of funding and resources continues to be a massive struggle for all NGOs. there are different stories but the same desperation which is not only coming from refugees, but from NGO workers themselves who feel the weight of financial restraints. From my personal perspective, I feel this ethnic conflict could become another Rwanda and will only be paid attention to when it’s too late. Over 2,700 children have crossed these borders unaccompanied and/or orphaned, and many families have been separated while escaping. The South Sudanese crisis is rapidly becoming one of the worst humanitarian crisis currently happening in the world. I have tried to capture victims with dignity, rather than focus on what is now called “poverty porn” and feel that black and white has helped achieve this more. Since July, I have done many trips to different parts of Northern Uganda and visited many borders, refugee settlements, and reception centres scattered across this vast region. From my personal perspective, I feel this ethnic conflict could become another Rwanda and will only be paid attention to when it’s too late.