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South Sudan: moving towards independence

Dinka dancing by Conor Ashleigh
Traditions in the capital
Dinka families take part in traditional dances at a wedding between two large families. The Dinka are the largest ethnic group in the soon-to-be independent nation of South Sudan.

Nuer teenager by Conor Ashleigh
Celebration in waiting
Benjamin Makuatch is 19 years old and currently studying in class 5. Benjamin is from the Nuer tribe and waits inside a bus with fellow Nuer performers who are celebrating the lead up to independence.

Shiluk woman by Conor Ashleigh
A moment to ponder
A Shiluk woman waits outside her house in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile State. The Shiluk are one of the many ethnic groups that make up South Sudan.

All photos copyright Conor Ashleigh

Conor Ashleigh is a visual storyteller focusing on social and environmental stories that aren’t regularly heard about in traditional media. His photographs have been published in international publications and he regularly works on assignments for humanitarian organizations; he still believes in the power of images to create

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