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The face of a new nation

Photoblog from inside South Sudan, the world’s newest nation.

by Sam Tarling
A tribal wrestler poses for a photograph in South Sudan's central Lakes State [Executive/Sam Tarling]
A damaged bridge turns into a diving board in South Sudan's central Lakes State [Executive/Sam Tarling]
Tribal wrestlers walk to an exhibition in Lakes State. Traditional wrestling is being touted by some as both a way to strengthen inter-tribal ties and, through its commercialization, a means to generate some kind of economy in this exceptionally poor country [Executive/Sam Tarling]
A cattle herder's child walks through a temporary 'cattle camp', where herders live in very basic conditions before moving their cows to new pastures [Executive/Sam Tarling]
Despite boasting vast swathes of fertile land, a stark lack of transport options due to an exceptionally poor road network has stymied South Sudan's agricultural sector. Malnutrition is rife [Executive/Sam Tarling]
Owning cattle is a huge status symbol in South Sudan, where cows are traded for wives and high dowries often force suitors to steal cattle from neighboring tribes. The omnipresence of small arms since the end of the Sudanese civil war means that such raids often leave high death tolls [Executive/Sam Tarling]
A youth participates in traditional dancing in Rumbek, the county capital of Lakes State [Executive/Sam Tarling]
The lack of decent roads makes motorbikes such as these a popular mode of transport [Executive/Sam Tarling]
Children pick up meat at a cattle market's slaughter yard on the outskirts of Juba; despite South Sudan having a great wealth of cattle, a traditional importance placed on owning large herds means that very few are traded [Executive/Sam Tarling]
Guns confiscated during a civilian disarmament program fill one of a number of storage containers at a military base in Juba. The proliferation of arms among civilians is currently amplifying age old tribal disputes into bloody massacres of unprecedented scale [Executive/Sam Tarling]
Juba, the capital of South Sudan, contains very few paved roads and very limited municipal amenities [Executive/Sam Tarling]
On the outskirts of Juba, a woman makes a meagre living smashing rocks into rubble, which is sold to builders [Executive/Sam Tarling]

Photoblog from inside South Sudan, the world’s newest nation.

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Sam Tarling

Sam Tarling was Executive's photographer from 2010 until January 2014. During that period he covered conflicts across the Middle East.

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