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  • While working in The Sudan I visited a number of refugee camps near the border with Ethiopia.

    These images are from just outside a camp near Gedaref, The Sudan.

    We visited a well.

    The owner of these camels tethered them so he could leave them to collect water at a communal well.

    The girl in fuchsia was collecting water for several families in her camp neighborhood. Note the mirage along the horizon.

    Without exception, everyone I encountered at this well smiled. They had lost family members, their homes, their livelihood. Nonetheless, despite what seemed like desperate circumstances to me, they all smiled. People, camels, and all life showed themselves as living, loving, smiling.

    All within such a simultaneously desolate and imposing landscape.




    [Photos by Barbara, near Gedaref, The Sudan, 1986, scans of 35mm slides]
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