Portrait Photography and Storytelling - London - Monica Wol-Thiep - Born Wau South Sudan, 1977
Photographs I created for Hackney Museum, London . This content was made for storytelling and exhibition purposes.
Sudanese culture is very important to me. It’s what guides me, it’s my route map. I see myself as South Sudanese but I take from other cultures and add to what I have and that’s what we teach our children. In South Sudan everybody wants to have girls because they bring in cows. They are our pride and joy. A dowry for a Dinka girl is a hundred cows or more. ..None of that happened to us. My Mum got pulled out of school as she was an only child; my great grandmother made her get married very young. She faced a very hard time, she left home as somebody’s daughter and became somebody’s wife, just there to have babies.