We'll Make Our Homes Here: Sudan at the Referendum, is a U.N.-published book that joins Tim "McKulka's photographs with reflections on Sudanese identity from 17 Sudanese writers, spanning everything from political analysis and journalism to fiction and poetry. (The book is being published in a limited print run by the U.N. Mission in Sudan, and will soon be available in digital form as a free iPad app.) 'I had originally envisioned it as a kind of peace-building tool, to foster dialogue to let people hear other perspectives, or at least have them out there,' McKulka says.
"We'll Make Our Homes Here is the first book to include photography from all 25 Sudanese states -- and, thanks to South Sudan's decision in January to secede on July 9, also the last. But as Sudan splits apart and descends into a fresh round of violence between the government in Khartoum and the hinterlands, McKulka believes, it's more important than ever for the fractured country's residents to remember their shared history. 'Whatever happens, [the North and the South] are going to be linked: linked by culture, linked by migration, linked economically,' he says. 'It's not about promoting unity -- that's an irrelevance now. It's about understanding what led to this, and what the history was.'"
PHOTOGRAPHS BY TIM MCKULKA, Foreign Policy, JULY 7, 2011