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Front Line
Photograph by Randy Olson

Machine guns were about the heaviest weapons available to fighters of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) last year as they defended Biem, a small patch of rebel territory near the country's oil fields. The government, flush with money from oil exports, attacked with planes and artillery. Yet the rebels held their ground for months; stalemates in the fighting and international pressure helped send both sides to the negotiating table after 19 years of civil war.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm zoom
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded

Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Early morning
Lighting Techniques: Strobe light

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