War has been a fact of life in Sudan for several generations. The country has seen only eleven years of peace since 1956. More than 2 million people have died in the conflict between the Islamic government in the north and black tribes of the south.
Fueling the hostilities is
up to a billion barrels of crude oil, waiting to be tapped under the disputed
land. The people remain desperately poor and even the most basic infrastucture
has been destroyed.
On January 9th 2005 the north and south signed a long awaited
breakthrough peace accord, but at the same time, similar violence continues
in Darfur in the west of the country. In both areas, the vulnerable population
depends on foreign aid organizations for their basic needs.
— Tomas Van Houtryve
FeatureSudan: the Longest WarBy photojournalist Tomas Van HoutryveView Images
Sudan: the Longest War
By photojournalist Tomas Van HoutryveView Images
Sudan: the Longest War
By photojournalist Tomas Van Houtryve
A 15 year old Nuer tribesman, carries his AK-47 as he walks in the Upper Nile region of South Sudan. Most men and boys in the area carry arms. © Tomas van Houtryve
A Nuer woman waits with her child outside a health post run by a foreign NGO. © Tomas van Houtryve
A patient holds a cup of water at the Médecins Sans Frontières health clinic in the village of Walgak. © Tomas van Houtryve
Doctor Ilva Tente of Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium evaluates a pregnant patient in the MSF kala azar clinic in the village of Walgak in the Upper Nile region. © Tomas van Houtryve
Twins nurse from their mother, Nyan Tut, in the village of Yidit. The baby on the left has been malnourished since the family’s cows were raided by a hostile neighboring tribe. © Tomas van Houtryve
A Nuer woman looks over her child that is being treated for the disease kala azar. If left untreated, the fatality rate can be as high as 100 percent. © Tomas van Houtryve
A young Nuer boy rests in the shade of a tree while a tribesman carrying an AK-47 walks past. © Tomas van Houtryve
A 12 year old Nuer boy waits to be screened for malaria at a Médecins Sans Frontières health post. © Tomas van Houtryve
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