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Plight of the South Sudanese

Ilana Rose | South Sudan

Refugee family
A grandmother looks after her 8 grandchildren which includes 3 sets of twins, the youngest which were born on the side of the road as the family fled the onset of the conflict and mass murders in South Sudan. Juba PoC

Since civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, as many as 50,000 people have been killed and 1 in 3 people have been displaced. More than 4 million citizens have been forced to flee their homes. Around 6 million people are at risk of going hungry, and 70 percent of schools have been closed. Approximately 2.3 million people have escaped to neighbouring countries in search of safety, and1.8 million are trapped inside the warring nation. South Sudan is one of the most fled countries in the world alongside Syria and Afghanistan.

I travelled to South Sudan and Uganda documenting the plight of the women and children displaced by the conflict that erupted in the world’s youngest nation. Of most concern was the high numbers of unaccompanied children, many whom had witnessed the violent deaths of their family members.

The women and children walked for days to refugee camps in Juba and Malakal in South Sudan or walked to the Ugandan border to seek refuge. Most had not eaten for days and had no idea what the future held.

Ilana Rose has worked as a professional photographer and photojournalist for over 25 years.

During this time Ilana has worked for some of the most respected media outlets, including as a Foreign Correspondent in England. Ilana’s work has appeared in most Australian major publications, while clients have ranged from Victorian Government Departments, NGO’s, to art's organisations, film companies and private clients.

As a photographer, Ilana is passionate about story-telling, social justice issues and is about to embark on her latest commissioned work, to photograph youth homelessness across Australia for Youth Development Australia. Her first book was launched in November 2019 by Pan Macmillan.

Ilana’s work has been exhibited in Australia, China, New York and New Zealand and collected by galleries and arts organisations throughout Australia.

E: ilanarose@bigpond.com

W: ilanarose.com.au

P: +61 417 358 498

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