What can a pair of shoes say?

Two-year-old Musa Shep traveled with his family for 20 days from Gabanit. (Credit: Shannon Jensen)

Photographer Shannon Jensen has been documenting the crisis in South Sudan. Through her interactions with the hundreds of thousands of displaced refugees, Jensen found a way to bring their hardships to light.

Many refugees didn’t have any shoes at all, but those that did had footwear with stories to tell.

“I noticed there was a huge diversity of shapes and colors, many of them showed a huge amount of wear, that paid testament to the arduousness of their journey, the trek they had made. Many of them had these small repairs, stitches, pieces of melted plastic, that paid testament to the determination, the persistence, necessary to get through, to get to safety.”

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