I have held a keen interest in South Sudan since mid 2008, after a long conversation with a friend who had been working in southern Sudan since 2005. I realized that I knew little about southern Sudan. Canadian media coverage about Sudan was limited to the violence in Darfur and provided little context of the north-south dichotomy.
In early 2009, I decided to remedy my ignorance and visit southern Sudan. My 7-week trip brought me to villages in several regions of southern Sudan, inlcuding: Abyei, Juba, Wau, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap State. A contract aa an independent mobile journalist (MoJo) with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) allowed me to visit many CIDA-funded projects implemented by either World Vision, UNICEF or the UN’s International Organization for Migration.
I invite you to read early posts on the blog to get an impression of my 2009 visit. I was fortunate to meet and interview dozens of men and women from remote villages who generously shared their stories with me. I also met with local journalists who detailed the challenges of their work with committed enthusiasm. I invited southern Sudanese to share their life stories with me, some of which I have already edited into my Video Portrait Series.