Malakal, 26 February 2016 - A displaced woman takes care of a baby at a school building in Malakal town. She was among the 4,000 people who fled the UN Protection of Civilians site after violence took place on 17 and 18 February. At least 18 people were killed, more than 90 wounded and humanitarian facilities and civilian shelters destroyed during the fighting. Humanitarian partners have rapidly mobilized additional supplies to respond to the new needs generated by the violence in town and in the PoC. Photo: OCHA / Guiomar Pau Sole.
South Sudan commemorates its fifth anniversary as an independent country on July 9. But the half decade since independence has not been kind to the world’s youngest country. In December 2013 a civil war broke out between rival political factions, displacing millions and creating one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
To commemorate the anniversary and draw attention to the ongoing crisis, the Better World Campaign (which supports this blog) hosted a photo exhibit on Capital Hill. Below are a selection of the photos that were on display.
For deeper context about the civil war and to learn more about the challenges faced by the people of South Sudan, listen to this Global Dispatches podcast episode with Noah Gottschalk of Oxfam