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Remembering Sumy Sadurni: A photographer known for capturing essence of East Africa

A girl poses for a portrait while standing next to a cow in Nakaprit on February 15, 2020. - Nakaprit is home to traditional pastorialists who depend on their cattle for survival and with the threat of locust invasions, locals are worried the vegetation will be destroyed and their cows wont be able to feed.
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A girl poses for a portrait while standing next to a cow in Nakaprit on February 15, 2020. - Nakaprit is home to traditional pastorialists who depend on their cattle for survival and with the threat of locust invasions, locals are worried the vegetation will be destroyed and their cows wont be able to feed.

On Monday night, photojournalist Sumy Sadurni was killed in a car accident. Sumy Sadurni was a 32-year-old Spanish-Mexican freelance photojournalist based in Kampala, Uganda. She was known for her striking coverage across East Africa capturing the conflict as well as the essence of the region and its people.

Here's a look into some of the work that she leaves behind.

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People look for cover when these dusty gushes of wind happen, Karamoja, Uganda, February, 2017. Photographer, Sumy Sadurni, travelled to Northern Uganda to capture how the Karamajong tribe live. The nomadic tribe are famous for their elaborate scar patterns, athletic prowess and beautiful woman, but Sumy wanted to focus on how the climate change has affected their lives in a big way.
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Sumy Sadurni/Future Publishing via Getty Images
People look for cover when these dusty gushes of wind happen, Karamoja, Uganda, Feb. 2017. Photographer, Sumy Sadurni, travelled to Northern Uganda to capture how the Karamajong tribe live. The nomadic tribe are famous for their elaborate scar patterns, athletic prowess and beautiful woman, but Sumy wanted to focus on how the climate change has affected their lives in a big way.
Stella Nyanzi (C), a prominent Ugandan activist and government critic, is arrested by police officers as she organised a protest for more food distribution by the government to people who has been financially struggling by the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kampala, on May 18, 2020.
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Stella Nyanzi, center, a prominent Ugandan activist and government critic, is arrested by police officers as she organised a protest for more food distribution by the government to people who has been financially struggling by the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kampala, on May 18, 2020.
Medical staff are sterilised before entering the isolation unit at a hospital in Bundibugyo, western Uganda, on August 17, 2018, where there is one suspected case of Ebola. - The hospital in Bundibugyo town is the main facility in the Bundibugyo district for treatment of potential cases.
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Medical staff are sterilized before entering the isolation unit at a hospital in Bundibugyo, western Uganda, on Aug. 17, 2018, where there is one suspected case of Ebola. The hospital in Bundibugyo town is the main facility in the Bundibugyo district for treatment of potential cases.
Ugandan musician-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine (C), greets supporters as he sets off on his campaign trail towards eastern Uganda, near Kayunga, on December 1, 2020.
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Ugandan musician-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, center, greets supporters as he sets off on his campaign trail towards eastern Uganda, near Kayunga, on Dec. 1, 2020.
A man looks on as swarms of locusts land and feed on shea trees, which are a big source of food and income for local farmers, in Otuke on February 17, 2020.
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A man looks on as swarms of locusts land and feed on shea trees, which are a big source of food and income for local farmers, in Otuke on Feb. 17, 2020.
A protester is arrested by police during a demonstration on July 11, 2018 in Kampala to protest a controversial tax on the use of social media.
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Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images
A protester is arrested by police during a demonstration on July 11, 2018 in Kampala to protest a controversial tax on the use of social media.
Arthur Blick Junior, one of Uganda's most well known racers,jumps with his bike at a motocross rally in Entebbe, on January 30, 2022.
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Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images
Arthur Blick Junior, one of Uganda's most well known racers,jumps with his bike at a motocross rally in Entebbe, on Jan. 30, 2022.
Jombi (L) and Mukasa (R) prepare kerosene lamps which will be used to attract the silverfish at night on the Nile river in Bujagali, Uganda, on November 12, 2020. Fishermen in Uganda using more traditional fishing methods have been struggling to financially sustain themselves due to the lack of clients, which was caused by lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
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Jombi, left, and Mukasa, right, prepare kerosene lamps which will be used to attract the silverfish at night on the Nile river in Bujagali, Uganda, on Nov. 12, 2020. Fishermen in Uganda using more traditional fishing methods have been struggling to financially sustain themselves due to the lack of clients, which was caused by lockdowns imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Margaret Labol, 50, who lost 15 family members and her husband, a Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) soldier, during the Lukodi massacre caused by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in 2004, poses for a portrait in front of the memorial for the victims of the massacre in Lukodi, Uganda, February 3, 2021.
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Sumy Sadurni/AFP via Getty Images
Margaret Labol, 50, who lost 15 family members and her husband, a Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) soldier, during the Lukodi massacre caused by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in 2004, poses for a portrait in front of the memorial for the victims of the massacre in Lukodi, Uganda, Feb. 3, 2021.
Supporters of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) parade as they wait for the arrival of the re-elected Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on his way back from his country home in Kampala, on January 21, 2021.
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Supporters of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) parade as they wait for the arrival of the re-elected Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on his way back from his country home in Kampala, on Jan. 21, 2021.
A Congolese man holds his child after he crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be refugees at Nteko village in western Uganda on January 24, 2018. Since Last December, Congolese people, about 300 people per day, have been fleeing from the Mai Mai militias attacks in the Kivu region of the eastern part of DRC to this border area.
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A Congolese man holds his child after he crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be refugees at Nteko village in western Uganda on Jan. 24, 2018.