In 2012 Israel deported more than 1,000 Sudanese asylum seekers of a South Sudanese origin to South Sudan, the world’s youngest independent country. Almost half of the returnees were children, the majority of whom were born in Israel or Egypt. In the months following their deportation from Israel, many families have left South Sudan, mainly to Ethiopia and Uganda. After a civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, most of the returnees who managed to stay in the country up until then fled to neighbouring countries as well, while many others were internally displaced. As at January 2014, more than 30 of the deportees are known to be dead.
Some of the photos were published at:
Born In Israel And Deported To South Sudan: Documenting Exile (Okayafrica, 24.11.2015)
Burying the Hope in South Sudan (Ynet, Hebrew, 17.09.12)
1. Life in Israel, Deportation: 2011-July 2012.
2. Desperation/Hope: Juba, August-September 2012.
3. Foreigners (Still, Again): Juba and Kampala, August-September 2013.
4. Home is Nowhere, Everywhere: Kampala (Uganda), Gambella (Ethiopia), 2015.
© Yotam Gidron, 2014.