Sheltering from the fighting in Juba: the fear on their faces is unmistakable. (Photo/Eric Kanalstein/UNMISS).

It Was Hell In South Sudan…And One Photograph Dramatically Captured The People’s Fear

IN earlyJuly a fragile peace agreement and power-sharing in South Sudan went up in smoke when fighting again broke out on 8 July between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar.

The peace agreement that led to a “national unity” government with Machar returning as vice president, had briefly ended two years of conflict between the armies of both men that had left over 100,000 people dead, and possibly up to three million displaced. Machar is now in exile, and what happens next is far from clear.

The belligerents went on an orgy of killing and rape, and more civilians fled for protection to UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camps that were already sheltering more than 60,000 South Sudanese displaced by the violence.

One of the most powerful photographs that captured the terror was by Eric Kanalstein (above) – it succeeded in powerfully telling the fear civilians in South Sudan are living through, without showing either bodies or blood on the floor.

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