The fashion show in a warzone – Fashion shows are difficult to organize at the best of times. For designer Akuja de Garang, things are even tougher, as her show is held in the midst of ongoing conflict in South Sudan.
Preparing the show – De Garang organizes the Festival of Fashion and Arts for Peace together with her family, friends and a team of volunteers.
Arts, crafts, music and fashion – The fashion show is the climax of the festival. The show features works by local and regional designers, worn by world renown models like Manuela Modong and Atong DeMach.
Preserving culture and connecting the country – Garang (pictured above) hopes that the festival helps her countrymen and women connect.
The fashion show in a warzone – But things don't come easy in a conflict zone. A few of the artisan groups involved in the festival were displaced and can't be traced, inflation now stands at 450 per cent, and the threat of violence looms.
Akuja de Garang – "In July  people were evacuated, everybody was on the edge, no one knew what would happen," said de Garang (pictured). "So it wasn't a good idea to bring a group of people in one place. It was a huge responsibility to fly people into Juba with things being so tense. People were leaving Juba and going to the villages. "
The fashion show in a warzone – As a result the 2016 edition of the festival didn't take place, but she is hopeful that it will be back this year. "Things have reflectively been calm in Juba. This might be because fighters being moved out of Juba but also the fact that the government seem to have beefed up security around town."