Jenn Warren. Nyachuol Gatbel (L) was shot in the leg during a 3am raid on her village, Torkej. Tibisa Chol Gach (R) lost her daughter in the attack and now cares for the orphaned grandchildren. Along the Sobat River in Jikany Nuer territory, Torkej was attacked on 8 May by the larger Lol Nuer tribe, and is is vulnerable to repeated cattle raids because of their placement on the river and proximity to Lol Nuer lands. The family now lives with relatives in Hai Majak, an area of Nasir with many displaced. The Lol Nuer are perpretrators of repeated cattle raids and attacks against the Dinka, Murle, and Jikany Nuer sub-tribe. Tribal violence overall in Southern Sudan has dramatically increased in 2009, with over 2000 deaths, more people than have been killed in Darfur.
Jenn Warren. UNHCR trucks transport Congolese refugees and their possessions to the newly created site in Makpandu, Southern Sudan.
What is the most difficult situation you have experienced in your work?
Working with Médecins Sans Frontières is always challenging and emotional. The work that MSF does in the communities they serve is tremendous, and the staff is extremely dedicated. Last year I was commissioned by MSF to visit villages in Southern Sudan that experienced tribal clashes and brutal violence. After collecting testimonies from victims and family members, and photographing the remains of attacked areas, I returned to the MSF hospital to spend some time documenting the doctors and nurses at work. A young girl in a coma was brought in and diagnosed with severe malaria, and the nurses immediately gave her a drip. Shortly thereafter, her grandmother began wailing and I realized that the girl was dying. There was nothing that the nurses or doctors could do, and certainly nothing that I could do besides putting down my camera.
The toughest moment as a photographer is deciding when to stop taking pictures and simply bear witness to a situation you are experiencing with the people you are photographing.