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A Toposa girl protects her family's sorghum crop near Nakubuse, a remote community in South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria State.
The girl stands on an elevated platform where she can survey the entire field. When birds come to eat the grain, she forms a ball of mud around the end of a long flexible stick, which she then swings and cracks like a whip, sending the mud flying toward the birds. As the harvest approaches, every field has at least one such elevated platform, and children are the main protectors of the crop.
The region has been plagued by cattle raiding and child abduction in recent years. The Catholic Church-sponsored Holy Trinity Peace Village, which includes this community, has worked for years to foster reconciliation and peace between the region's pastoralist communities.
The Peace Village is supported by Norwegian Church Aid, a member of the ACT Alliance.
Photo by Paul Jeffrey for the ACT Alliance.
- Paul Jeffrey
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