Bronze / 2018 / Press / Political

The Children's War

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

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.

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.