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Kuei - The Sea of Gazelles - South Sudan to Oz, 2016

by Kellie Maree Leczinska

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 Finalist

Kuei was born in Bahr el Ghazal, which translates as ‘Sea of Gazelles’, in north-western South Sudan. Civil war has afflicted this region for decades. Roughly two million people died in the conflict, and four million were displaced. Kuei spent eight years in a UN refugee camp before emigrating to Australia. She has survived conflict, disease, famine and an Ebola outbreak in her village. Kuei has now built a new life in Australia with a young son and her Australian partner. I am inspired by her story of determination and how she has flourished in this country.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

Other NPPP photos from Kellie Leczinska

Nelson Earl - Dance - The Ephemeral Art, Straithfield, 2018 by Kellie Leczinska
2019 Finalist
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