Hunger, the ultimate enemy

South Sudan 2015-2017

South Sudan gained the independence in July 2011, after decades of war with the government at the north. But the peace and optimism of the new state lasted very short. In December 2013, the forces loyal to President Salva Kiir (from Dinka ethnic group) clashed with those from his opponent Riek Machar (Nuer), and since then it has become a complex civil war with many sides that forced millions of people to flee their homes. In addition to destruction and displacement, outbreaks and economic crisis, hunger also punishes a country that is heavily armed. Half of the population is in urgent (and constant) need for food assistance. Hundreds of humanitarian organizations (United Nations agencies and national and international NGOs) provide the most basic services to more than a third of the population, not just food, but also shelter, protection, health, sanitation and education.

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  • sarah@protectppl.com'
    Sarah Petrin

    Dear Albert,

    Your photography from South Sudan is remarkable. A nonprofit organization that I used to direct, Protect the People, used one of your photographs from South Sudan on our website and was contacted by AFP about a copyright claim.

    The photo depicted a young boy with a wheelbarrow on a dirt road walking past a group of peacekeepers. My organization had strict protocols about using Creative Commons licensing from Flickr and Dreamstime that allow images for humanitarian purposes. Can you let me know whether you have given any of these websites permission to use your photographs? I am trying to resolve the claim.

    Thank you,,
    Sarah

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