Southern Sudan I

The Seeds of HIV, November 2005

Sudan’s 22-year civil war displaced more than four million people – the highest number of internally displaced people in the world – but it also guarded the region against the spread of Aids. That isolation is over and the impoverished inhabitants face a new and previously unknown killer.

Conflict has left southern Sudan particularly vulnerable to HIV – a virus that experts say has infected more than 40 million people in more than 90 countries – including about 25 million people in Africa. The rapid increase in traffic of military personnel, commercial transporters, sex workers, and influx of international workers is putting the whole of southern Sudan at risk.

  • A local police man is in charge of monthly drug distribution in the town of Merikyo. Kate Holt.
  • Health workers see patients at their monthly visit to Merikyo town. Kate Holt.
  • A local policemen distributes drugs in a makeshift dispensary in Merikyo town. Kate Holt.
  • A family who has been displaced by tribal clashes in Pinga-and travelled three days by foot to Merikyo town. Kate Holt.
  • An evangelical Preacher speaks to a crowd of thousands of people in Juba town at sunset. Kate Holt.
  • Soldiers guard the body of General Garang the leader of the Sudanese People's Liberation Army. Kate Holt.
  • A negative HIV test in the VCT centre in Juba which is the only VCT centre throughout the whole of South Sudan. Kate Holt.
  • A woman waits for her HIV test results in the only VCT center in South Sudan. Kate Holt.
  • Kusanza has TB, but was unable to afford to finish her course of treatment. Kate Holt.
  • Kusanza lies in the infectious disease unit of Juba hospital receiving a blood transfusion. Kate Holt.
  • Kusanza's body is brought back to lie in her village before burial. Kate Holt.
  • Kusanza body is shrouded by a member of her family before burial. Kate Holt.