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Jenn Warren

Submitted by on January 25, 2012 – 9:49 am One Comment

Jenn Warren is a professional photographer based in Juba, South Sudan, specializing in humanitarian and development projects. Her work has been published in the Sunday Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, TIME, BBC News Online and AlJazeera.

Clients include Save the Children, Medecins sans Frontierés, UNHCR, UNICEF, PSI, International Committee for the Red Cross, USAID, DFID, UNESCO, CARE International, Amnesty International and the National Democratic Institute. Her photography is exhibited and collected internationally.

Jenn now works with Save the Children as a full-time Communications Manager, handling documentary coverage of the organization's programming in South Sudan, international and national media requests, Behavior Change Communication materials for communities in South Sudan, and other internal materials.  She is proficient in Arabic and American Sign Language.

TribalTruth is featuring Jenn Warren's photographs and collaboration with Medecins Sans Frontieres entitled Facing Up to Reality.

Health Crisis Deepens as Violence Escalates in South Sudan

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides care to millions of people in six states in South Sudan. The latest wave of tribal violence in Jonglei state, and the targeting of three MSF health facilities, has made it extremely difficult for MSF to reach people in need of aid.

Conflict between various ethnic groups in Jonglei state has been ongoing for decades. The last spike in violence occurred in 2009, with thousands of people killed and displaced. 

MSF has demonstrated its complete impartiality and neutrality over the years, working in many different communities in South Sudan.  In 2011, three MSF medical facilities were targeted in Jonglei State. MSF condemns the targeting of medical facilities by any armed group, and commits to continuing to bring humanitarian aid and medical assistance to the population of Jonglei State.

Present in the most rural and neglected regions of South Sudan, Médecins Sans Frontières has been active here since 1979. Rural villages, home to millions of South Sudanese, are completely cut off and suffer greatly from the most basic of medical needs and emergencies. 

South Sudan is desperate for the most basic of services - clean water, access to food, education and health care. The further deteriorating security situation only adds to this humanitarian emergency where medical needs are critical. Acute malnutrition, malaria, kala azar, and outbreaks of preventable diseases such as meningitis and cholera, are a constant threat to the population, and mortality rates for pregnant women and children in the new nation are the highest in the world. 

Stay updated on MSF’s work in South Sudan here:

http://www.msf.org/msf/where-we-work/africa/south-sudan.cfm

Download the 2009 MSF report here:

http://www.jennwarren.net/content/MSF_SSudanReport_12:09.pdf

To view more of Jenn Warren's work, please visit her website http://www.jennwarren.net/

 

 

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  • Jenn Warren says:

    Since these photographs were taken, Pieri town has been burnt to the ground, the Pibor health clinic looted, and medical equipment destroyed. In the last month, Jonglei state has been marred by intercommunal violence which has left a significant number of people, the majority of them women and children, dead or injured, and many more displaced. The UN claimed on 20 January, that 120,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance following the recent weeks’ violence.

    Armed tribal groups are taking their protection into their own hands, trying to eradicate violence through use of violence. Rule of law and security institutions and structures are currently too weak in South Sudan to deal with this long-running conflict, which cannot be ascribed to ‘traditional’ raiding; modern weapons and the scale of violence is far in excess of what has been seen before, as well as being far more brutal.