Time to Move On




Our job is done in the camps for South Sudanese refugees. It’s for us to move on – first to the Ethiopian capital Addis Abeba and then back to Norway.

A week is enough. Enough sad stories, enough hardship, enough heat and dust. We are happy we can leave. But at the same time it feels unfair in a way. We have the money and the documents needed to get on the next plane and fly out of this depressing place. All the refugees we are leaving behind are stuck. For how long no one knows.

The only thing we can do is to report what is happening; even if we know it will take a lot more to change these people’s lives to the better.

Enough said, Ethiopian flight ET 138 is ready for boarding. We’ll take you to quite another setting when we arrive Addis Ababa to report on Africa’s fastest growing economy. In the meantime, you can enjoy the pictures from the camps we have visited. Enjoy, and remember that we’re always happy to get feedback on our work.




20 Responses to “Time to Move On”

  1. You did a GREAT job, Otto – all of you. Brilliant and so sad photos along with a heartbreaking story. This world seem so unfair to the majority of the citizens. A big thank you ❤ to you and all the ones that care and invest time and effort to change such hopeless situations.

  2. […] It’s for us – my colleague Øystein Mikalsen and me – to move on. On the blog Untold Stories you may read our last thoughts and see our last photos from the camps we have visited the last […]

  3. Thank you for reporting about these people. Beautiful lighting on the mother and child, and the story is well-told by the photos.. These travels and photos remind us of the situation, otherwise, sadly, they would just be forgotten.

  4. K'lee L. Says:

    The pictures, your pictures are beautiful to my eyes, but heartbreaking too, knowing what I know about the Sudan. I can only imagine what you must have felt and will continue to feel having had those experiences in South Sudan.

    I often find myself wondering if there is a BIG picture we mortals are not suppose to get or understand in our one lifetime of individuated consciousness?

    Something keeps whispering in my mind: If we dare to be as loving and compassionate and aware as we are able in each moment and with each person we encounter, we do more for fulfilling our true destiny and purpose on this planet than all other things we do combined.

    Thank you for sharing your work with the world. Keep a strong heart and mind. You never know who will see your work and make it a catalyst for change in a way you never imagined!

    • You have expressed very well what I feel and see when looking at this photos. Lovely and heartbreaking at the same time. If we as humans can just operate from a compassionate love in our hearts, what a world it would be. I just recently found this blog and will now be following. Great job, this team of good people trying to make a difference! Blessings!

      • K'lee L. Says:

        This is what it’s all about, we find each other and can take away inspiration and truth, hopefully to share with others in need… Blessings to you!

  5. Photojournalism at its best. Good coverage of these sad conditions. I am especially taken with the photo of the three women in today’s series. Their faces tell me a lot.

  6. Your photos of Ethiopia are absolutely amazing. I spent two weeks there in June with the International Reporting Project working on newborn and maternal health. SInce the trip was highly regulated by the government, we didn’t see the “real” story. Yet I know what it is based on my work and research. Your photos are stunning and it is wonderful what you are doing by sharing these stories with the world. Where was the camp located? When we were in Addis in June the Sudanese were meeting at our hotel holding peace talks but nothing worked out well.

  7. I so admire your work Otto. Powerful stories told powerfully. Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless.

  8. These photos evoke so much emotion. You can feel the sadness oozing out of them. We are lucky we have you to show us this life so we might just appreciate the plentiful one we have. Thank you.

  9. Very good series.

  10. Thank you for your good job. And thank you for the pictures that tell the truth. And thank you for all the information around it. And now I wish you both a safe trip home, back to the snow and cold 😀

    PS: To freshen up a little bit there are some sunny pictures on my blog today of nice and wet things around the beach 😀

  11. This is an incredible series. The images are beautifully captured but painfully revealing It must have been a very disturbing experience for you and the team. I understand the need to get on the plane! I’m sure that your efforts will have a wider impact.

  12. Jocelyne Says:

    Your work is so important ! We don’t hear in the news most of what’s happening in Africa and these photos helps us see the reality of what these people are going through. So sad. I always loved Africa even if I never traveled there. Superb photography and photojournalism.

  13. as I used to see in your pictures, gestures, facies, eyes, everything is real life!
      real and painful life where you were, difficult to correct, difficult to bring civilization there !!
    But thank you for your courage to go in africa, and send to us a part of the black continent, with beautiful pictures

  14. You have my respect for travelling and reporting about this country. I hope your great photos and story will be published in many rich countries – like mine…..

  15. Wonderfully powerful images and incisive reporting from you two in this series of posts.

    I note you feel good and bad about leaving. I believe I wouldn’t be the only one with the same mixed feelings as a mere viewer of these posts.

    Looking forward to what’s to come…

  16. Incredible reporting and through both the images and words, can fully understand “Enough sad stories, enough hardship” ~

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