To enjoy the full Mail & Guardian online experience: please upgrade your browser
Richard Poplak, Kevin Bloom05 Nov 2012 10:41
Honk if you love aid organisations. Juba, South Sudan. (Richard Poplak)
Juba, on a Monday morning, spews diesel from thousands of Toyota Land Cruisers, their logos testimony to the baffling phalanx of aid organisations nudging the world’s newest nation into being. Flying over the city brings to mind images of Johannesburg in 1890 – a flung-together, hodge-podge camp made almost entirely of canvas, corrugated iron and mud.
But on closer inspection, Juba is less unformed than it appears.
We have never seen an aid orgy like this one – not in Kabul, not in eastern DRC, nowhere.
But we’d be lying if we pretended that our Sunday flaneuring was not a pleasant experience. The air is sultry, the Jubans are relaxed, and the Land Cruisers, after a while, become a bitter, gallows-humour punch line. This, for now, is how life appears in the capital of the world’s youngest country.
Water containers for a town with no infrastructure.
Pics: Richard Poplak
This post is part of Africa 3.0, a weekly series by Richard Poplak and Kevin Bloom in which they highlight aspects of their travels and investigations on the continent. Visit //africa3point0.tumblr.com for more, and engage with them on Facebook or Twitter.
Create Account | Lost Your Password?