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Matt Black: Journey of Aid

Matt Black follows the journey of humanitarian aid to a starving South Sudan from a Dubai central hub

Matt Black

Having faced continuous conflicts from the time of its inception in 2011, South Sudan is experiencing the mass migration of refugees, who are in desperate need of food and aid. Matt Black documented the supply chain of international humanitarian aid to the area in the following photo essay, photographing the logistical hub of warehouses in Dubai, operated by UNHCR, to its delivery on the ground.

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Matt Black © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Workers unload bags of rice at the Emirates Red Crescent warehouses in the International Humanitarian City, a distribution hub for international relief agencies in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Matt Black © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Boxes of shipping manifests at the offices of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at the International Humanitarian City.

A worker inventories goods kept in a warehouse operated by the World Food Programme.

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Matt Black © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

A landing helicopter blows dust and debris at the site of a food distribution in Ganyiel, South Sudan.

Workers gather sacks of grain from the site of a World Food Programme airdrop in Ganyiel, South Sudan.

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Matt Black © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

A worker stacks bags of grain at the World Food Programme warehouses in Juba, South Sudan. The warehouses form the main logistics and storage hub for the World Food Programme’s operations in the country.

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Matt Black © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Burning empty sacks from a World Food Programme distribution in Ganyiel, South Sudan.

Community members search for spilled grain on the site of a World Food Programme airdrop in Ganyiel.

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Matt Black © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

A roadside market in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.