Nuba Vision Volume 2, Issue 1, October 2002 Last year Dr Kari Eloranta, a photographer and mathematician from Finland, travelled across North East Africa recording conditions for ordinary people throughout the region. The result is Year Zero Ground Zero, a captivating book of extraordinary photographs and perceptive commentary . The following is an extract from a chapter on the Nuba (written before the cease-fire came into effect) "During the hours of waiting for the flight out an analogy strikes me. Is the Nuba struggle in a way just a rerun of the match that took place somewhere around here eons ago? One branch of the homo-tree diversified into walking in the plains and developing tools while the other continued living the old way, up in the trees. In the end the former grew more resourceful, conquered the savannah and finally finished off his brothers in the branches. Two eras, two stories, one about biological evolution, the other about cultural evolution. Monsters have prevailed before. There is no progress, just evolution. A process blind to our wishes and judgements. I cannot fault the logic yet in my gut I hope I’m dead wrong."