Colourism in South Sudan

On The Take podcast, Al Jazeera journalists discuss skin bleaching in the country.

    South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011. The country has been in the midst of a civil war since 2013.

    During a moment of calmness in the capital city of Juba, Al Jazeera senior producer Jasmin Bauomy travelled to the country to cover stories related to its recent independence and the ongoing civil war. But while working in Juba, she was drawn to another topic: the colonial roots of colourism and the practice of skin bleaching.

    "Anyone who's been to Asia, Latin America or the Arab world has seen skin lightening creams on the shelf," Bauomy tells host Imtiaz Tyab in a new episode of The Take. 

    But for many in South Sudan, the practice is about more than skin colour. It's about identity after independence.

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    The Team:

    Jasmin Bauomy produced this episode. She had production help from Morgan Waters, Kyana Moghadam, Jordan Marie Bailey and Imtiaz Tyab. The show's lead producer is Graelyn Brashear. The sound designer was Ian Coss.

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    The reporting in this episode was made possible through a reporting fellowship from the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF).

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


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