/ 2018 / Press / Feature Story

A Country That's Dying

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/Feature Story, Gold in Press/General News, Gold in Press/Political
  • Photographer
    Peter Bauza, Brazil

The signs and warnings that South Sudan was about to have a
famine were very clear. Rival factions are locked in competition,
but the only thing their ruthless claims to power are spreading is a
general sense of chaos. So now it’s here: a man-made
catastrophe. Civil war, flight, disease, and starvation.

After decades of civil war, South Sudan succeeded in separating
from its Arab north in 2011. People cheered, because more than
90 percent had spent a long time fighting for independence and
now voted for it, but it was a short-lived dream.

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.

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.

Peter’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.

Awards WorldPressPhoto 2017, Visa Pour L'Image 2016 (Visa D'or), American Photography AP31+32, LAF 5, POYLat 2017, Prix De La Photographie Paris, Days Japan Photojournalism Award 2016, Mifa, Hansel-Mieth, among others.