New Project Highlights Stories of South Sudanese Refugees

I'm very proud to release my newest project "Enduring Exile: Stories of South Sudanese Displacement", created in conjunction with Liz Storer, researcher and Phd student at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Enduring Exile uses visual imagery and storytelling to explore the complexities of life as a South Sudanese refugee in northern Uganda.

Refugees from South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region gather for the monthly Prayers for the Healing of South Sudan service in northern Uganda. Photo by Katie G. Nelson

Refugees from South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region gather for the monthly Prayers for the Healing of South Sudan service in northern Uganda. Photo by Katie G. Nelson

More than 700,000 South Sudanese have fled to Uganda since South Sudan’s civil war began in 2013.

While some found temporary shelter in refugee camps located across Uganda’s West Nile region, others relocated to larger cities such as Arua, where Enduring Exile is based.

With Liz's guidance, I spent one month photographing the daily lives of South Sudanese refugees in Arua, focusing on documenting the religious, community and personal experiences of refugees in Uganda.

Our hope is that Enduring Exile provides an alternative narrative to the commonplace representation of refugees as “victims” while restoring the individual experience of displacement in an otherwise overwhelming civil war.

To learn more about “Enduring Exile: Stories of South Sudanese Displacement” and to view my photos, please visit www.enduringexile.com