• MUNOZ Marina | Reporting Officer

In Unity State, Nyarek Biel and other displaced women have joined forces to protect their homes and sole source of income from floods through a cash-for-work activity organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)'s Camp Coordination and Camp Management team in Bentiu.

"From 2019, South Sudan has been experiencing heavy rains and flash floods. The flooding has adversely affected our agricultural activities, which was the main source of income for women in the community”. said Nyarek

Nyarek learned that collective responsibility, knowledge, and resources could support mitigate the effects of climate disasters. "Women can play a fundamental role in mitigating climate change, but humanitarian assistance makes it possible," she adds. 

"We filled jute bags with soil to maintain the dikes and prevent water from entering the IDP site, and we earned money doing so," said Nyarek. "Now, many women can afford to send their children to school.” Nyarek explains. 

According to Niyarek, the project has also changed men's perception of women taking part in site decisions through leadership and livelihood support.

“We appreciate IOM CCCM for all the trainings conducted with women as well as the continuous awareness regarding the importance of women participation in all camp activities,” Nyarek notes. 

This activity is supported by the United Nations Central Emergency Fund (UNCERF).

Nyarek Biel leaves inside the internally displaced persons camp in Bentiu. Photo: Kueth Machar