Gold / 2018 / Press / Feature Story
The Children's War
For years they fought this brutal war in South Sudan. A war once
triggered by rival political claims for power has plunged the
youngest and poorest country in a world of chaos, escalating
ethnic conflicts. Civil war, flight, illnesses, and starvation. Then the
kids were saved. But now, tormented by hunger and resigned to
the lack of life perspectives, many former child soldiers think
about going back to war. Unicef says, more and more children are
being forced to become active in this brutal conflict. The militia
claimed to have recruited 19,000 child soldiers. It is estimated
that, globally, some 250,000 boys and girls under the age of 18
are deployed in wars.Since the crisis erupted in South Sudan in December 2013, 4
million people have been uprooted from their homes due to war
and severe food insecurity. Approximately 1.88 million people are
displaced internally in South Sudan, 2 million fled to neighboring
and an estimated 7.3 million are in need of humanitarian aid. The
world invests more than US $1 billion annually in South Sudan, but
the weapons and ethnic hunts aren’t coming to a halt.
Peter Bauza is a German photographer who works in the documentary and storytelling world. He is very committed to social and geopolitical issues especially in the areas of conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment. He has resided in South America and Europe for more than 20 years and also frequently travels to Africa.
Peterâ€™s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and cultural spaces in Berlin, Lille, Perpignan (Visa pour LImage), Paris, Siena, Daejeon (Korea), Milan, Quito, Moscow, Salta, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California.
He has been published in Aftenposten, The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, GEO, LA NACION, Leica M Magazine, LFI, Marie Claire, Volkskrant, Stern, NZZ, doc! Magazine, Vrij, Days Japan, NYT Lens, Courrier international, Vanity Fair, VSD, Alma Magazine, Clarin, El Federal, Die Zeit, DOUBLETruck Magazine, DF, among others.