These 9 powerful pictures tell a story of Sudan the media won’t show you

When you Google ‘people of Sudan’ this is the first image that comes up.

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And then there is this.

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These people are Sudanese but in all honesty, these snapshots tell only a vague story of a nation of about 40 million people speaking over 400 different languages.

Someone is disrupting this single stories with counter images that tell a different story entirely.

Ahmed “Abu Shakeema” Aladdin, a photographer, is using his lens to show us the side of Sudan we’d never have seen without a visa.

 

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Using his “1000 portraits from Sudan” project, he portrays 1000 different faces from Sudan in an artistic attempt to tell the tale of a nation that’s made of various ethnics and backgrounds.

Here are some of the potraits:

1. The one with colours that tell a completely different story from the normal gloom we see on TV.

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2. The ones that tell a story of beauty and youth.

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3. Of everyday living

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4. Of Art.

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5. Of the enterprise of the young.

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6. Of mastery of skills.

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7. Of eyes that have seen many days.

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8. Of the patience of the old.

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9. Of the zeal of the young.

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Ahmad is telling us one thing with his images; we need to tell our own stories more. Every time.

Find more of his work here.

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