feature: south sudanese models stand up for education

May 7, 2015

Take a look at these stunning images of some of South Sudan’s top Models. The models, previously featured, were shot by Cliff Watts for model Mari Malek’s non-profit charity Stand 4 Education and the images feature Malek along with fellow models Mari Agory, Elizabeth Arjok, Grace Bol, Nyamouch Girwath, Rina Kara, and Nykhor Paul. “Stand 4 Education is a nonprofit that is dedicated to providing access to education for children and women–globally. Because every child who is in need deserves to have education,”says Malek. She adds, “We are now focused on South Sudan because I’m from South Sudan and the girls in the images are all from South Sudan. We are all refugees who have risen above many adversities. So it makes sense for us to start with our country. Our country is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world with many issues such as a lack of education, gender inequality, early child marriage, discrimination and war. 80% of our country is unable to read or write.” Check out the images below. 

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor