The war is over. At least that’s what some say. After two years of fighting, millions displaced, and tens of thousands killed, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s November announcement came from a Sheraton hotel room 600 miles away from where the war began.
But today, on the two year anniversary of the outbreak of violence in South Sudan, unnamed rebel groups still ravage the country, the rebel leader has yet to arrive in Juba to form a transitional government, and 30,000 people face starvation in Unity and Upper Nile state. Animosity and fear still dominate the relationship between Dinka and Nuer ethnicities, and the entire nation remains on edge, knowing one misstep could plunge it back into violence.
Photographer Alessandro Rota was in South Sudan last month to document the toll exacted by two years of civil war. Working alongside the Italian NGO Comitato Collaborazione Medica, he visited camps for internally displaced persons in Abuyung village to document life and death there.