Reference : V-P-SS-E-00950
Date : 21/06/2017
Country/Region : SOUTH SUDAN
Caption : Central Equatoria, Rokon. Portrait of a man from Yobo, western Equatoria, during a seeds, tools and food distribution for displaced people and local communities. This distribution is co-organized by the ICRC and the South Sudan Red Cross Society.
Photographer : MORTVEDT, Mari Aftret
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : The man came to Rokon two years ago to look for food to support his family in Yobo, western Equatoria. “Since we came here, we have been coping well with the host community. I left my village because of the political crisis and it was not stable in my home village. Now I am concerned about my two children, my ex-wife and my mother, but I try to assist them. We chop down threes to make charcoal that we sell to buy food.
At least here, life is ok. In my home village we have rebels in the bush and the situation is not good. I miss my homeland and I hope to go back when the crisis is over. I used to like my life in the village. It is difficult to have contact with my family, because we do not always have electricity on our phone or even network. I can only talk to them when they call me, because the network doesn’t support it the other way around. My two girls are 10 and 7 years old now and I try to send food as often as I can”, he says.

Around 13.000 people were provided with seeds, tools and food in Rokon, central Equatoria. The host communities of this area are experiencing increased tension and pressure, following an influx of displaced people after fights in the region.
Equatoria is traditionally a rich part of South Sudan, with a farming population. The intensification of the conflict have left many persons unable to farm their land and many have also lost their belongings while fleeing. The ICRC therefore focuses mainly on the distribution seeds and tools to displaced persons and host communities, to allow people to get back to farming. In addition to this, they are also given protection rations of food in order to have something to eat before they can harvest their crops.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5760x3840
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour