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Around 50 million people live in Sudan and South Sudan. They marry, they have children, they work – like the fisherwoman in this picture – they live in peace and they wage war against one another. But what awaits them in the future? Is it really as the Nuer proverb suggests, that no one knows what tomorrow brings? Some conflicts, experienced by both countries in the past years, were expected, some predictions could be drawn from past statistics. Correspondents from The Niles portrayed people from both countries through all stages of life and have briefly touched upon what it means to be Sudanese or South Sudanese.

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Mon, 19 December 2016 Vol. 6, Issue 3 www.theniles.org The population issue 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 Birth: tales of a South Sudanese midwife page 5 Marriage: when your husband is a ghost page 11 Work: the dream of a pan-African passport page 14 Trauma: teaching each other how to heal page 21 Nobody has been sent to see Around 50 million people live in Sudan and South Sudan. They marry, they have children, they work – like the fisherwoman in this picture – they live in peace and they wage war against one another. But what awaits them in the future? Is it really as the Nuer proverb suggests, that no one knows what tomorrow brings? Some conflicts, experienced by both countries in the past years, were expected, some predictions could be drawn from past statistics. Correspondents from The Niles portrayed people from both countries through all stages of life and have briefly touched upon what it means to be Sudanese or South Sudanese. tn9_20161207_cc2014.indd 1 2016/12/7 11:29