South Sudan, the world’s newest country, has a lot on its plate right now – the government is still settling in, the country’s infrastructure is a work in progress, and a recent flood displaced thousands of citizens. So when Tom Price, a multimedia photojournalist and writer based in London, sent us this set of beautiful photos of South Sudanese children playing on the schoolyard, it was a breath of fresh air.
Tom, who took these photos in Yei, South Sudan just a year after the country declared independence, noticed that despite the challenging environment, these children still made time to play, an important part of childhood development. “Playtime really stuck out as a time where they could still be kids, but also play at being grown up,” he said. ” At times it seemed healthy, and at others, it cast disturbing reflections of the conflict they’d just emerged from.”
As you look through this series, notice the age ranges of the children that Tom has photographed. It’s a nice reminder that simple pleasures can have a great impact on everyone from small children to teenagers.
*These children were photographed with permission
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