11 Dec. 2017
RUBKUAI, South Sudan
A boy moves away as a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) helicopter lands in Rubkuai village, Unity State, northern South Sudan, February 18, 2017. Siegfried Modola: "I took this picture in the remote village of Rubkuai in South Sudan. The village is controlled by government forces. I had been in the area for several days, photographing people affected by insecurity and a food crisis days after the government and the international community declared a famine. It had been long day's work. I was trying to show the scale of the crisis and suffering. But I also wanted to capture moments of joy and playfulness to help the audience relate to the images and feel their urgency. I have never worked in a place as difficult as South Sudan. Access is extremely hard due to government restrictions, insecurity and the sheer remoteness of many locations. The village had been cut off from food supplies for months and thousands were threatened with famine. I spotted the arriving helicopter from a distance. It had come to help with a U.N. food distribution and I knew it would be swamped by children. I had my camera ready, looking for a picture of the helicopter and the village. Just then, a child ran past trying to escape the dust from the propellers. I clicked, hoping I had measured the light correctly and kept the boy in focus. I am fond of this image as it was taken unexpectedly, capturing a playful moment in an otherwise difficult situation." REUTERS/Siegfried Modola/File photo SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2017 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.