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May 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

  •  The Return

    The Long Return home – Nothing like sleeping in your own bed

    There is something almost everyone agrees on – there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed.

    For South Sudan’s independence, many have made the decision to leave the comforts and services of the west or North Sudan to return home and like any traveller, one’s own bed provides a unique feeling of home, comfort and safety.

    Returning from the North:

    But what do you take with you? The challenge of abandoning prized possessions and essential items is tested to the extreme. The lucky individuals manage to pile a tangled accumulation of belongings on huge trucks but others only bring one thing – often they choose their bed.

    The bed is not only for laying a weary head, it’s also useful for trading in order to buy food, which is increasingly expensive in South Sudan.

    I feel this provides a strong metaphor for uniting each person I met returning from the North of Sudan, therefore each individual is photographed on his or her own bed.

    Returning from the West:

    But I was also curious as to why an individual living a life of ease and comfort in the western world would choose to abandon his or her home, job, family and friends to return to a limited and challenging lifestyle.

    I met with eight returnees from the UK, US, Canada and Australia and explored each of their stories, asking them why they had chosen to return to South Sudan?

    Each person felt the same. They declared their quality of life was worth sacrificing in exchange for their homeland with what they could offer the new country, especially the valuable tools they had learnt from life in the west.

    They are able to help build their new country and with their evident determination will work hard to do so.

    This project is unpublished.

  • Bed
    Bed
  • Atem Yaak returned from Australia
    Atem Yaak returned from Australia
  • Nyan Deng, Governor of Warrap returned from the UK
    Nyan Deng, Governor of Warrap returned from the UK
  • Bol Makneng Yuol returned from the USA
    Bol Makneng Yuol returned from the USA
  • Lillian returned from Canada
    Lillian returned from Canada
    Lillian returned to Wau in South Sudan and says " I still miss things like 'Dunkin Donuts' ".
  • Former professional Basketball player Deng Malual Leek  returned from the USA
    Former professional Basketball player Deng Malual Leek  returned from the USA
    Former professional Basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters, Deng Malual Leek returns from the US
  • Atong, 20  returned from Australia
    Atong, 20  returned from Australia
    Atong, 20, Returned from Australia. She plans to move permanently and feel sacrificing her education is a small price to pay to live in a free South Sudan.
  • Born in South Sudan Teresa Samuel Ibrahim returns from Islington in London UK
    Born in South Sudan Teresa Samuel Ibrahim returns from Islington in London UK
  • Thiep Tael Nyong, 19 and Bakhita Thiep, six months returned from the North
    Thiep Tael Nyong, 19 and Bakhita Thiep, six months returned from the North
    Thiep Tael Nyong, 19 and Bakhita six months who is dying from Chlorea. Thiep's wife (age 20) died a few days earlier from Cholrea. Thiep's hopes of work were dashed when they were shocked to discover the realities of returning to a free South Sudan. He cannot afford the medicine to save his daughter.
  • Dut Yor Atek, a returnee from the North
    Dut Yor Atek, a returnee from the North
  • Nyanlang Deng, returned from the North
    Nyanlang Deng, returned from the North
  • Mary Deng, 40, and Mawith Mading, 57 returned from the North
    Mary Deng, 40, and Mawith Mading, 57 returned from the North
  • Belongings
    Belongings
    Travelling by truck on a first come,first served basis returnees were forced to limit their pocessions
  • Achiel Thip returned from the North
    Achiel Thip returned from the North
  • Mading, 57 returned from the North
    Mading, 57 returned from the North
  • Beds
    Beds
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