In the Middle of the Darfur Conflict.

Sudan

by Albert González Farran

The reasons of the conflict in Darfur are commonly based in tribal disputes, due to the possession of natural resources. And these rivalries become so radical and fratricidal that some of them would clap the extermination of the opposite community. But at the same time, they are unable to identify the enemies by only the physical appearance. They can not even distinguish the clothes they wear and the food they cook. Sometimes, they have their doubts when trying to pick a different accent when speaking Arabic. To know for sure the tribe, they need to discover where they were born, their family background and the name of their leader.

I started a photo project that expects to be long lasting. The aim is to portray random representatives of most of the tribes in Darfur, out of context, in order to show only the person, the individual in its purest form, without being able to judge them. It is a way to claim the human stupidity in armed conflicts and, in this case, in the Darfur war.

We are talking about the same differences between Tutsi and Hutu, between Bosnia and Serbia and between Sunnis and Shiites. None. There is only cultural differences that previous generations printed on their skin, like a ineffaceable tattoo. But just human blood runs in all of their veins.

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