John Garang De Mabior
Between 1983 and the “Comprehensive Peace Agreement” in January 2005, Sudan was immersed in one of the worst ever known civil wars; it took nearly two million lives and left millions more displaced. John Garang De Mabior led the South Of Sudan, setting up the SPLA, which fought one of Africa’s longest-running wars between the Christian and animist South and the Muslim, Arab-speaking North. He was originally sent by the Khartoum government to quell a mutiny of 500 southern troops who were resisting orders to be shipped north.
This is where he began South Sudan’s long struggle with the north. John Garang De Mabior did not manage to return home for 22 years. When war officially ended he was appointed first vice-president of Sudan and president of South Sudan, but he only held the position for three weeks before he was killed in a helicopter crash on the 30th July 2005.
Photography and writing by Thomas W. Morley