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Last week in Juba: photo diary

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The end of the tent: South Sudan National Archives update

20131108_161229_filterQuick update on the South Sudan National Archives, from the African Studies Association conference in Baltimore.

A few months ago, the Ministry of Culture staff, with Dan and me from the RVI, moved the final load of loose paper from the USAID tent where they’d been housed since 2006, their first post-war home.  These were the last of the damaged pages from burst files, which are now waiting for someone who enjoys serious puzzles.

Three weeks ago, when passing, I saw that we were right to get out of the tent.  Temporary in the Juba climate really does mean temporary.

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Juba style: nail art update

I’ve had a bit too much of politics at close hand this week, so here’s an update on my ongoing beautification in Juba.  Now I’m back in the capital, there’s no excuse not to go to my favourite nail artist, Joseph, in Souk Libya (next to the pharmacy in the centre).  Joseph has upgraded his stool-and-basket to a full on nail bar!

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Favourite bus slogans in Juba: 2013 edition

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For a while, I’ve kept a running note on my phone of my favourite bus slogans, which are cut-out decals on the back of “taxis”, the private mini-van bus services in Juba.  These are my favourites so far this year – more to come.  Obviously the all-time favourite is the bus labelled “Where does Abyei belong?”, which has been in service since at least 2011.

  1. No fear – attack like a lion
  2. Serving my customer is my pleasure
  3. Big man
  4. Rich also cry
  5. Get little keep going
  6. No appeal
  7. Time keeper
  8. Gentel man
  9. Injury time
  10. No pain no gain (also see: “no gain no pain”, and “no gain without pain”).

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Philosophising on money – returned refugee settlement, Juba

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Money makes the
World dance.
Dance for you
A big dance a
Great waltz
Money breaks mountain
down and irrigated deserts.
Money makes u able to
See well & show u the way
But my friend told
Me that the person
Who loves you
Because you have
Money, that person
Will bite you when
You have no money.
Money make great
Fools wise.
Money is love.
When you have a lots
Of money there re
Too many woman
Who love you.
When you’re poor
There’s hardly
Anyone to love u.
Money can buy
A human being!
Oh money, money
Hundreds of notes
Thousands of dollars &
Pound make u enjoy an
Earthly paradise but
Remember money kill!

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Geography, and re-learning Juba

I’ve just moved back to Juba, after a few weeks’ break in the UK, and I’m realising I know very little about this town other than that I can get a $4 sticky toffee pudding for breakfast.

That’s maybe an exaggeration. But in the process of starting up interviews again with returned Khartoum residents around Juba, I’m finding whole new neighbourhoods (and local names) I’ve never heard of before. So now I’m working on building a map of Juba that’s becoming similar to my now-ragged map of Khartoum – complete with arrows, notes and scribbled lines.

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Aweil research: photo journal

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I licenced my bike!  After making “friends” with a lot of traffic police.  No fines, just lots of awkward chat.  Which was almost as bad, sometimes, but many of them were pretty happy just to have a chat to a white woman clearly learning how to work gears with her foot.

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