Six years on since the conflict started in South Sudan on 15th December 2013, life has become even more difficult due to the climate emergency in some of the country’s most vulnerable and remote areas, according to Christian charity Tearfund.
Assessments carried out in Twic East, Jonglei State – where Tearfund is working to treat mothers and children already suffering from extreme levels of malnutrition – have found that 90 per cent of crops have been destroyed by the flooding with vast areas inaccessible to vehicles, hampering humanitarian efforts. With the flooding comes a significantly increased risk of waterborne diseases.
Despite ceasefires being in place and a deadline for forming a government of national unity set for 20th February 2020, the situation is still complex. For Tearfund staff and other agencies trying to respond to those most in need the severity of the flooding is compounding existing difficulties. The Government of South Sudan has declared a state of emergency in the areas affected, with mothers and children most at risk.
Aguil, 23, lives with her two children in Twic East, in eastern South Sudan, not far from the River Nile explains: “Life has always been difficult, but the flooding made it worse. I lost my five goats. The fields are destroyed… we don’t know what to do. There was so much rain, it felt like it had been…
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