faces of South Sudan

South’s Sudan’s independence day is coming up this week.  The people of South Sudan voted and won their independence by a 98% vote on July 9th last year. The youngest country in the world – and many of us know so little about it. Though I know what work FH DOES in S. Sudan, when I thought about what I actually know about the country and the people… very little. I wondered if I was alone on this so I posted on my facebook asking for public knowledge.

It seems most people know more or less the following:


Civil war

Religious tension

Very poor

Countless human rights violations

Ethnic tensions

Oil deposits


Now here are a few facts I found that made me tilt me head slightly to the side and with a blank stare my mouth formed the words… “really?”

South Sudan’s official language is English… Arabic is a close second.

While football and basketball are increasingly popular – South Sudan’s most popular sport is… wrestling.

S. Sudan is around the size of Texas.

Approximately 85% of the population is illiterate – the UN says a 15-year-old girl in S. Sudan has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than finishing school.


Though facts can be shocking, faces are what stick with you.

Here are some faces of pride, faces of joy, and faces of hope from South Sudan.

If you’d like to learn about Food for the Hungry’s work in South Sudan check out their S. Sudan page at http://www.fh.org/celebrating-independence

About Charith Norvelle

I’m the girl that laughs at the “writers” who sit behind their Macs at a pretentious coffee shop trying to find inspiration... and then I laugh harder because I’m one of them. A coffee obsessed photographer, in love with God, people, and travel... but where I’m from, thats not original at all. Planted in Portland, Oregon growing in Phoenix, Arizona. I joined Food for the Hungry in 2008 because I love people. Photographing them, learning and sharing their stories and helping you to touch, taste, and smell their world... don’t worry... the smell's not that bad.

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