The maps in this collection were created by Alistair Short, the FSL cluster coordinator here in Juba. Alistair has a background in geography and shares these maps with his FSLCC reports, which are also posted on the FSLC website. Since these maps are generally much reduced and embedded in word documents, Alistair graciously invited me to his office to photograph them.

Prior to each FSLCC field visit, Alistair traces county boundaries onto a large sheet of paper and adds a few lines to indicate major features of the landscape (rivers, roads, &c.). He then spends a few hours in, say, Bor or Kapoeta, drawing these maps together with whoever he can round up to join him. They provide a useful way of quickly summarizing a lot of information, and are made by asking a series of questions: what do people produce in this area? How do they get materials, where do they take things after they have been produced? Has this process been disrupted in recent months? How do people move around the region? Why? And so forth, wherever the discussion leads.

I really like these maps because I am interested in how we know what we know about South Sudan. Participants in any knowledge system draw the materials of knowledge production from all sorts of sources, from direct observation, conversations with others, and written reports. These observations and discussions frequently take us, (or take someone), on all sorts of different journeys. But finished maps generally eliminate the practices and routes that have contributed to their production. Consider Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (or IPC) maps, with their color-coded counties and population tables. These are produced by a several-days' process of consensus building among various experts, of one sort or another, who work to reach agreement about the reliability of various sources of information and what they mean. IPC maps themselves present phase classifications in a manner that appears to be a simple calculation based on the most severe phase experienced by at least 20% of the population. The deliberative processes (disputes, horse-trading, uncertainties) that have produced the classifications are erased entirely. While, admittedly, Alistair's maps erase much of the process of their production, those traces that remain provide a continual reminder of how they were made.

Kapoeta, 2 – 5 July 2018

This map was circulated in the FSL cluster coordinator mission report to Kapoeta (former Eastern Equatoria state) 2nd – 5th July 2018.

"Trade route / security / shocks & stress mapping in Kapoeta region of former Eastern Equatoria State: mapping exercise of with key informants from WFP, FAO and FSL partners: Plan, ADRA, Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources, OPRD, CDSS, Save Children etc."

"Trade routes: Kapoeta town is the main, even sole, market in the region: transport hub with traders from neighbouring countries; The primary export remains livestock via cattle markets in Torit and Juba; historically escorted on foot by SPLA troops offering security; but more commonly now by truck: animals reach in better condition and attract higher producer prices; Significant mining of gold in mountains around Namuvanyoung, Naknak and Nguroro (with known Chinese investment & prospectors) and paid employment for some local residents; and mercury and diamonds being extracted in Budi; but no discernible infrastructure investment to the region. The volume of exports and earning is not locally known. Additionally there are known cement reserves in the region; possibly due to the national crisis there has not been an investment in the proposed cement factory until now..."

"Imports from: Juba: crockery, pans, beer, soda, biscuits …. Consumer goods etc; Kenya: sugar, soap, salt, cement and building materials; Uganda: maize and sorghum"

Lakes, May 2018

This map was circulated in the FSL cluster coordinator mission report to Rumbek (former Lakes state) 29th May – 1st June 2018.

"Livelihood zone/ trade route mapping in Lakes State:participatory mapping exercise of Lakes State at WFP FO with FSL partners: WFP, FAO, Plan, ACROSS, and DRDA"

"Major trade routes & commodities: Nuer & Dinka cattle from Unity and Lakes to Sudan via Wau; and to Yei & Maridi (by truck) onto Uganda; reduced trade for now due to the crisis; Production of surplus groundnuts for export from Cueibet, Rumbek Centre, Rumbek East & Yirol West to Juba; Fish from the Sudd/ RNile, R.Barman, R.Yei/ R. Piyie; and the three lakes: Nyibor, Shambe and Yirol for internal and external market; Main constraint is the lack of road access during the rain season (May – October); the consequent high price of commodities during May – August pre harvest lean season; and the seasonal morbidity & even mortality due to malaria (rains) and cholera & diarrhoea (more associated with dry season but also rain season peaks) ..."

Upper Nile, West Bank, 16 – 18 August 2017

"Participatory mapping exercise of Upper Nile West Bank with FSL partners: WFP (2), World Vision (2), RuCAPD (2), SCPD (1), Oxfam (1), SSUDA (1), CORDAID"

This map was circulated in the FSL cluster coordinator mission report to Malakal (Upper Nile): 16 – 18th August 2017.

Northern Unity, 14 – 16 June 2017

"Context: conflict & displacement mapping across northern Unity 2013 - 2017: Data generated from two humanitarian worker key informants from OCHA & WFP - June 2017"

This map was circulated in the FSL cluster coordinator mission report to Bentui (Rubkona & Guit) 14 – 16th June 2017

Map of former WBeG, 13 - 15 February

"Participatory mapping exercise with FSL lead agencies, partners & other key informants"

This map was circulated in the Mission report to Wau in former WBEG and the State FSL cluster February 13 – 15th 2017

Warrap State, January 2018

"Livelihood zone/ resource endowment/ cattle movement / trade route mapping in Warrap State: Participatory mapping exercise of Warrap State at the recent IPC analysis with FSL partners: WFP, FAO, REACH and Ministry representatives from Agriculture and Food Security, Health, Livestock & Fisheries plus RRC"

This map was circulated in the FSL cluster coordinator mission report to Wunrok and Kuajok (former Warrap state) 26 – 29th March 2018