South Sudan, which split from Sudan in 2011 after decades of conflict, has been mired in civil war following political troubles between President Salva Kiir, a Dinka and his formers deputy Riek Machar, a Nuer. The country is the world’s newest nation but ethnic cleansing and continuing atrocities have shattered it since fighting erupted in 2013. It is estimated that half the population of the country will be dead or displaced by the fourth anniversary of the war, in December 2017. The United Nations has declared that one hundred thousands people are starving and about a million South Sudanese face the risk of famine. Civilians are paying the highest price of the conflict as both the army and various rebels groups are accused of unimpeded murder, torture and rape.
Born in 1980, Siegfried Modola is an independent Italian/British photojournalist and documentary photographer working predominantly in Africa. He focuses on social and geopolitical events that impact on the lives of people caught in between some of the most critical humanitarian crisis of our time. After finishing his BA degree in Journalism and Media Communication in Dublin he went on to earn a Master’s in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in London. He lives with his family in Paris from where he regularly travels for assignments and long-term projects. He grew up in Kenya and he still uses Nairobi as a base from where to work from. Since 2010 he has travelled and reported in over a dozen countries across Africa. He has also covered the Syrian refugee crisis in northern Iraq and the 2014 Israel-Gaza war. He is fluent in Italian, English, Swahili and spoken French. Siegfried is a regular contributor for the Reuters news agency through out Africa and further afield. He has been commissioned for assignments by the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Terra Mater, Guardian UK, La Repubblica and the African Report amongst others. He also produces work for humanitarian aid agencies such as Medicines Sans Frontiers, Red Cross, UHNCR, UNICEF and Oxfam. His photographs have appeared in Time, New York Times, L'Express, Le Monde, Liberation, Figaro, Paris Match, Geo, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Repubblica, Internazionale, Grazia (UK), Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Courrier Internacional, Vanity Fair and the Russian magazine among others.