South Sudan - Birth of a Nation
Mundari herdsmen at a cattle camp in Central Equatoria Province. This pastoralist tribe suffered from inter-tribal conflicts and cattle rustling in the northern part of the province and were forced to move further south in search of safer grazing land, however the area where they settled is contaminated with unexploded ordinance and landmines left over from the country's long civil war. For Sudan's pastoralist tribes, cattle are their only form of wealth and all-important to their culture and identity. They depend on the region's water resources, grazing lands and the seasonal cycles of rain for their survival and nomadic way of life. Prolonged periods of drought, erratic rains and flooding in the Horn of Africa caused by global warming and climate change are threatening the herds and exacerbating tribal conflicts in the fragile young nation. Kuruki, South Sudan. 12/10/2009.