Machar

6.3.14

Cowboy Capitalists

Parastatals, they are called—deep-pocked corporations seemingly immune to the international criticism about the human rights violations involved in extracting the oil out of southern and central Sudan.

5.28.14

Life Under the Trees

We’ve made it to Akobo, headquarters of the new Nuer rebellion. We have pissed off our hosts, bickered with one another for over 150 bumpy miles, hunted food, traded jokes, and destroyed Tim’s laptop.

5.27.14

Oil and War

Despite the first major uprising in 1955, Sudan was eager to begin oil exploration, and in 1959 a collection of European and American companies began their search in the north.

5.23.14

Flying In

After numerous dead ends, our fixer, Edward, finds a pilot to take us into the bush to find Riek Machar. The one-way flight will cost us $17,200—more than double the charter rate when the country isn’t about to cannibalize itself.

5.22.14

The Wretched Land

We arrange a meeting with a group of Nuer politicians who introduce us to a thing young man named Amos. They ask us to take him with us, and our group grows by one.

5.20.14

The Lost Boys

In the midst of the convoluted battle for South Sudanese independence, about 3,800 of these young boys, many of whom are permanently scarred with tribal markings of the Dinka (the ethnic majority) or the Nuer, were fostered in American homes.

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5.16.14

Saving South Sudan

Late last year, South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, accused his former vice president, Riek Machar, of attempting a coup d'état. In February, journalists and filmmakers Robert Young Pelton and Tim Freccia set out on a grueling mission to locate Machar.

5.13.14

Saving South Sudan

Late last year, South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, accused his former vice president, Riek Machar, of attempting a coup d'état. In February, journalists and filmmakers Robert Young Pelton and Tim Freccia set out on a grueling mission to locate Machar...

5.12.14

Saving South Sudan

Late last year, South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, accused his former vice president, Riek Machar, of attempting a coup d'état. In February, journalists and filmmakers Robert Young Pelton and Tim Freccia set out on a grueling mission to locate Machar...

5.12.14

Bright Shiny Nation

We consulted a few regional experts about Machar’s location, and the answers always varied. All we knew for sure was that Machar was in the bush, and the government of South Sudan had just dispatched roughly 2,000 men to hunt him down and kill him.