South Sudan plays first ever national basketball match

Passions rise as the Republic of South Sudan’s first national basketball game. Photographer Conor Ashleigh was there.

At a South Sudan basketball game. Photo cooyright Conor AshleighA young man from the Mandari tribe (centre) watches the Republic of South Sudan’s first national basketball game against Uganda.

Boy watching basketball game, South Sudan. Photo copyright Conor Ashleigh
A young man from rural South Sudan who recently arrived in Juba watches the basketball game from outside the school fence.At three-quarter time South Sudan had returned from 16 points down to trail just two goals behind Uganda. The South Sudanese onlookers climbed onto every vantage point and squeezed into every gap inside the school yard to watch the final quarter.

South Sudan basketball game. Photo copyright Conor Ashleigh
As the final seconds ticked down, South Sudan missed two final attempts at goal as the crowd anxiously looked on. The new national team eventually lost by 4 points.

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 change.
http://conorashleigh.com/



South Sudan: A time for celebration and reflection

Photos from Conor Ashleigh in Juba on the day Africa’s newest nation was officially born.

South Sudan independence celebrations by Conor Ashleigh
As midnight approached on Friday 8 July thousands took to the streets of Juba to celebrate the independence of South Sudan.


Soldier, South Sudan, by Conor Ashleigh
A soldier stands in line at the independence celebrations on 9 July 9 2011 when South Sudan officially became the world’s newest nation.


South Sudan independence celebrations by Conor Ashleigh
The independence celebrations were an emotional event for many as they reflected on the millions of lives lost during the civil war that swept across South Sudan over the last few decades.

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
change.
http://conorashleigh.com/

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
change.
http://conorashleigh.com/