I lived and worked in South Sudan through the 80’s. First as a Canadian volunteer and then as an Oxfam GB Agriculturist. A small village called Tali Post was my home and base camp. It is 150 miles from Juba the capital of the South. The Self-help Group ACCOMPLISH worked in Terekeka District with a population of about 200,000 people and a cattle population to match.
This was one fantastic adventure despite the heat, scorpions, poisonous snakes, mosquitoes and malaria. For two years before the civil war started I lived with people who’s life was peaceful and for the most part untouched by the outside world. I as an outsider witnessed life in Southern Sudan as it had been for countless generations.
The Mundarie people are pastoralist and animists so their cattle are everything to them. In the first photo I am at the local school with the Headmaster on the left and the Foreman of the wells team on my left. The later became my close friend. Kuri was my guide and translator for the first year. He helped me to integrate into the village. Learning the local language was one step and building my own hut (in second photo) was another.
I was happy to move out of what was called the British Rest House, a large brick building with a hot tin roof. It was full of bats, scorpions and whoever wanted to wander in there.
Kuri and I worked hard and played hard. The play came a bit later when I was invited to an all night dance. In the 3rd photo the men are on their way to the dance singing and dancing all the way.
I would love to share all of my photos and stories from South Sudan with whom ever is interested. I will carry on posting these here so please come back soon.