A Sudanese Refugee Crisis, Photographed From the Ground Up
Shannon Jensen traveled to South Sudan almost two years ago intent on drawing global attention to the country’s refugee crisis, where more than 100,000 people had walked hundreds of miles to escape Sudan’s brutal war.
By that time, there had been a few dramatic photo essays published in major magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, showing the deplorable conditions faced by refugees in South Sudan’s Nuba Mountains region.
Instead, Ms. Jensen went to the Blue Nile region, where the refugee crisis had barely been covered. She found 70,000 refugees there when she arrived and 30,000 descending upon the area the first week she was there. She spoke with her subjects as she photographed at the border and in a temporary roadside settlement near a livestock watering hole.