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Mayo Photo Studio | Portraits of Sudanese refugees
2015

In a clinic settled in a refugee camp of the suburb of Khartoum, Pieter Ten Hoopen made the portraits of Sudanese, patients or staffs, far from the non-stop war.

Since the 1960's, Sudan has never met peace. After South Sudan declared its independence in 2011, the situation has got worse, especially into the new State and in the Darfur. Around 35 millions people fled the violences. Among them 2.5 millions found shelter in camps in the fringes of Khartoum.

Mayo camp is one of these camps. 250,000 refugees are now living there, most of them coming from South Sudan or Darfur. The worrying conditions of living and the promiscuity are threats for the health and for the most fragile refugees.
Inside the camp, a clinic has been founded in 2005 by the Italian NGO ''Emergency'' that takes care of Mayo's children. Physicians cure and examine around 50 children every day. Many Sudanese work there as office staff, physician or cleaner.

This is precisely that kind of human diversity that Pieter Ten Hoopen intended to catch. The photographer has opened an ephemeral studio. Patient, child waiting for some treatments, supervisor or staff,... The studio offers them a rest, and promotes an alternative way of looking the reality inside those refugee camps. White background, perfect light, serious and dignified faces. A moment of dignity for the victims, a moment of honour for those who protect them.

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