Black and white digital image of Bul Bulkoch and his sister Aluet, in Itang, Ethiopia, 1990. Bul hardly knew his younger sister Aluet as she was born in Ethiopia when Bul was still in Sudan and didn't meet her until his mother brought him back from Sudan to the Itang refugee camp in Ethiopia. Aluet died suddenly and mysteriously in 1990, possibly from an animal bite. The studio portrait was taken at Itang.

Bul Bulkoch was born in southern Sudan in 1983 in the same year the war in Sudan began. Bul and his family fled Sudan trekking through Ethiopia, back to Sudan and finally to Kenya, residing in refugee camps until finally successfully gaining acceptance to Australia as refugees. Bul was 13 when he arrived in Australia in 1996 with his parents, younger sister and brothers. When he arrived at Melbourne International Airport, he had only the clothes he was wearing. As an Australian teenager, Bul played basketball, made many friends, and completed his secondary education at Footscray City College. He went on to completing his university engineering degree and now works for Rio Tinto in Western Australia as a mining engineer and planner.

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Black and white studio interior portrait of a boy and girl.

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