nineteenfiftyoneNumbers: This is my 100th photo in 78 days in a place that is 20km2 and is hosting more than 65,000 refugees from Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. I work with approximately 50 UN colleagues, alongside 7 other humanitarian organizations that are working in the world’s newest country, South Sudan, or the 193rd country to enter the UN.
The Nuban people say that there are 99 peaks, 99 tribes and 99 dialects in their mountains. 99 is a very symbolic number for them. I dedicate the 99 previous pictures I have shared to them, to their resilience, to their strength, and to their humor, to their candor, to their frustration with war and to their anger that they can’t go home—the only thing they want for themselves and for their children.
Despite their plight, their fears, the decades of war they’ve survived, those they’ve lost, the near daily, indiscriminate aerial bombardments, the destruction of their crops, the loss of their cattle, they have more life than anyone I’ve ever met.
Every night as I tuck myself into my tent, I go to sleep to the sound of their drumming, their singing and their dancing. These people eat the same food everyday, spend countless hours fetching water, grinding sorghum by hand, washing clothes, looking for firewood. But every single night, I fall asleep to the sound of celebration. These people have lost nearly everything they had, their homes, their land, their village, their family members and even their country and still, they party every night.
You could wake up today, tomorrow, and become a refugee. Take a minute to think about what really matters and try to live today like a Nuban. It simply means channeling resilience, strength and the ability to party like no other.
Thanks for following me. This one is for all of you. Xo
- chiquipeque08Wonderful pic n story as always!!!!! @nineteenfiftyone u are really my inspiration!!! I have a bachelor in international relations n next year I will start my master in peace n conflict transformation!! I had been always interested in refugees issues that's why I love ur work so much!! I'm making the best to get there with u guys!! Meanwhile from here I send u my biggest admiration to the working team n the Nuba people!! ❤ Thanks for sharing
- atlastladyThank you for sharing that. It was an inspiration to me. I went to be last night with almost all hope gone. I should have gone to bed celebrating what is good in my life.
- sherylcancellieriBeautiful! ❤
- sgoralnickyou rule. such a fantastic image and great post!
- ladybekeleLove and Light!!! Thank you :-)
- cowugaHow did you manage to go their ? It is such a wonderful experience and a way of doing something with your life for somebody else. 💛
- nineteenfiftyoneThanks @leshli08 and best of luck with your studies!
- nineteenfiftyone@cowuga I work for the UN refugee agency and I feel very lucky to be here.
- nineteenfiftyone@atlastlady stay strong! Hope your day was better today.
- lila5Beautiful !! #Hope and #Love
- i_spy5What camera do you use? And please tell me you/UNHCR will have an exhibition or give some images to the press to cover when you return? They are immensely powerful and give a very pertinent insight - could see on pages of national press in UK
- atlastladyThanks@nineteenfiftyone it was a little better.
- nineteenfiftyoneThanks so much @sfispy. 100% of my instagram photos are taken with an iPhone 4s but I do shoot on the side with a canon.
- i_spy5@nineteenfiftyone - do you use any apps with the images after you take the shots? I know the light you have there will help, but the images are so very sharp and clear - much more than my iPhone pics!!
- nineteenfiftyone@sfispy I have a few but never use them. The light here is amazing as is the landscape. I've never been anywhere like this. It's overwhelmingly beautiful.
- unieros"Live like a Nuban" Quotable like a motto. Love this! Thanks for sharing culture of South Sudanese people.
- jentsheltonFound your channel through Mashable. Your photo journal is fantastic. Look forward to following you.
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