October 25, 2016, published in BBC News

After nearly three years of devastating civil conflict, South Sudanese artists have come together to try and get the country thinking and talking about peace, by launching a public art project in the capital Juba.

All photos by Ana Taban


The Ana Taban collective (from the Arabic “I am tired”) takes its name from a parallel pro-peace movement in Syria.


The walls of schools, bakeries and cultural centres in Juba have been repurposed as concrete canvases for the artists.


Painted murals have appeared on walls and shipping containers across the city.


The man depicted treating a child in the centre of the artwork is inspired by Dr Ding Col Dau, who returned to South Sudan in 2014 to practise medicine, but was murdered in his own home the following year.


The artworks highlight the suffering of children in the civil war. “In the end they are the ones who will have to pick up the pieces and stitch the fabric of South Sudan back together,” the group says.

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