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Cracks of light into the darkness

Among misery and injustice, there are always spots of relief

A group of children walk on the train tracks in Aweil, South Sudan. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran for UNDP.
A group of children walk on the train tracks in Aweil, South Sudan. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran for UNDP.

In a country like South Sudan, born just four years ago, there are still too many issues to be solved. State structures are far from consolidating and civil war has spoiled many hopes. There is hunger and serious diseases and life expectancy is less than 60 years. Corruption is spread, importing goods is a challenge due to lack of foreign currency and unemployment is stratospheric. The war continues despite the latest peace agreement and most of the young generation didn’t see anything else than fighting.

However, after working on a photo project for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), I realized that there is always room for light when darkness prevails. In five cities I visited (Juba, Yambio, Wau, Aweil and Torit) I found some cracks of life, work and peace that confirm nothing is impossible.

Now, these tiny spots need to spread like an oil slick, not only in South Sudanese territory, but into the whole world where everything seems to fall apart.

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