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Published: 23 February 2019

By Andy Ross

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Symbols of home - the milaya bedsheets of South Sudan

The South Sudanese Civil War has been ongoing for more than five years. In that time, more than a million people have fled the fighting to Uganda, many carrying their belongings in their bedsheets which are known as milaya.

The milaya are decorated with handmade patterns and have been made for generations by South Sudanese women. In May 2018, the National Geographic magazine ran an article about the crisis in South Sudan which centred on a project by Swedish photographic journalist, Nora Lorek. Nora's photographs of women and their families with their milaya are poignant and powerful. 

You can see some of the pictures by clicking on the Milaya - What they carried link on this page and read more about the photographer here