South Sudan | The Identity of the World’s Youngest Country (Dario Cimorelli Editore 2024)


South Sudan – The Identity of the World’s Youngest Country
by Fabio Bucciarelli published by Dario Cimorelli Editore 2024

The photographs by Fabio Bucciarelli, taken from 2012 to 2022, capture the soul of South Sudan in search of a new identity. During this decade, the country has undergone epochal changes. The book provides a testimony to the human costs of war and the resilience of people facing immense challenges in their journey toward building a new nation. Amidst the difficulties, moments of joy and beauty also emerge.

The visceral images by Fabio Bucciarelli (Turin, 1980), documenting conflicts, climate emergencies, and their humanitarian consequences, taken over the last fifteen years, have established him as one of the leading contemporary international photojournalists. His work has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, ten Picture of The Year awards, and two World Press Photo awards. His first book, “The Dream” (FotoEvidence, New York 2016), has been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the best photographic books of the year.


Foreward by Carol Berger.

Fabio Bucciarelli’s South Sudan: The Identity of the World’s Youngest Country provides a record of the human costs of war, and of the remarkable strength of peoples who face great challenges in their journey to build a new nation. There are also moments of joy and beauty.
To be a witness to the unfolding of history requires patience and focus. It is one thing to be present; it is another to create something tangible from moments of crisis, or repose, in the lives of others. There may be linguistic challenges and awkward attempts to adapt to unfamiliar social mores. Then there is the matter of logistics. How, in a country where there are few roads, can a photographer reach his destination? And what are the ethics of photographing people whose world is not your own?

The photographer may see his role as helping to bring more awareness to an unfolding tragedy. Or perhaps it is wiser to see the work of a photographer as merely showing respect for lived experience. The event witnessed and captured by the photographer, no more than a moment in time, may well have consequences for the subjects of the photograph for months, if not years, ahead. But those are other moments, still to be experienced in an unknown future. At its essence, the act of taking a picture acknowledges the commonality of lived experience.
Bucciarelli’s images were taken over a decade, from 2012 to 2022. Between those years, South Sudan experienced seismic changes. In 2011, after the end of the 23-year North-South civil war, independence from Sudan was achieved. But just two years later, in December 2013, the world’s youngest country descended into a civil war. In the years since the diverse peoples of South Sudan have retreated into ethnic enclaves. Well-armed, dominant groups prey on the less powerful for land and resources. Peace agreements have been brokered with the help of regional interests, but the terms of those agreements remain unfulfilled. Millions of South Sudanese are displaced inside the country, and millions more live as refugees in neighbouring states. [..].

Carol Berger is an anthropologist and a writer. She is the author of The Child Soldiers of Africa’s Red Army: The Role of Social Process and Routinised Violence in South Sudan’s Military (London: Routledge, 2022), and compiled and edited Jieng on the Moon (Cairo: Anglo-Egyptian Books, 2017), a collection of stories authored by writers in Rumbek, South Sudan. She lives in Cairo.

Photo Editing /Fabio Bucciarelli
Editorial Coordinator / Elena Caldara /
Graphic Design and Layout / Daniela Meda
Copy Editing / Francesca Adele Bovetti/
Translation / Darcy Di Mona for Scriptum, Rome
Colour Correction /Joan Roig
Editorial Assistant /Dario Fanelli

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© 2024 Dario Cimorelli Editore Srl
© Fabio Bucciarelli for all photographs 2012–2022
© Fabio Bucciarelli for all articles 2012–2023
ISBN: 979-12-5561-063-2

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1100 copies | 180 pages | Black and white photographs printed in trichrome | color photographs printed in four-color process.
91 photographs, both analog and digital.