After fifty years of civil war with the north South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011. Peace was short lived. In 2013 fighting broke out between the two main tribes and between the President (Dinka tribe) and Vice President (Nuer tribe). Repeated efforts to resolve the crisis have failed and over a million South Sudanese have fled to refugee camps in other countries.
The families of South Sudan have seen conflict through three generations and lost many children due to the recruitment of child soldiers, abduction, trafficking, famine and slaughter.
‘Lost Children of Cush’ is fiction but attempts to capture the experience of women who were girls in the main period of fighting in the 1990’s and who, in many cases, are still searching for their lost families.