Aster Moges and her three daughters live in Umm Rakuba in the very South of Sudan, some 30 kilometres from the Ethiopian border. In 1984, her family had fled to the village from the separatist Tigray region, where the conflict between two tribal groups never stopped. Aster was still a child when she was married off and only 13 at the birth of the first of her children. When her husband died she refused to remarry, instead opting for the only other way to get by, although it was strictly forbidden in the Islamist-ruled state of Sudan: making moonshine from the dates of her village. Today, Aster also runs a small bar in Umm Rakuba, serving her self-made alcohol to the newly arrived refugees from Tigray.
2020 – 2021