Water is life. Water is on everyone’s mind, and as we observe World Water Day on 22 March, the time has come for us to take action and find ways to conserve this limited resource so that future generations can also make use of it.
Hot tea, no milk, but a bit of ginger and other spice to add flavour, a large chapatti; this was my breakfast in the village of Gongoni on 4th March. I was sitting under a grass roof supported on a wobbly stick structure. The sun was up, but not yet burning hot. Colleagues I was with had tea or soup with a bit of meat. The chapattis came from a women sitting on the ground under the same rough shelter in a red shirt rolling the dough flat on a wooden block before cooking it with some oil on a curved metal plate on top of a charcoal stove to her side. Unusually the person who actually served us the tea and soup was a man; perhaps a good sign given our reason for being in the village.
Women in South Sudan are resilient, empowered change-makers: they are farmers, journalists, youth leaders, teachers, poets. They support each other, their families and their communities. In a country at war, women have become the backbone of their communities.
To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, read and share stories from some of the many inspiring women, who against all, are making change happen in South Sudan.
“I hope that I don’t continue writing about war and destruction. I want peace to come so that I can write about the experiences of individuals, who overcome troubles, meet their aspirations, their hopes and their ambitions, and enjoy their success” – Stella Gitano – Writer – Juba
Degan Ali, Executive Director Adeso and Ed Pomfret, Somalia campaigns and policy manager Oxfam
At a time where ‘resilience’ seems to be the new buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue, one of Somalia’s most resilient systems – remittances – is hanging by a thread.
Words and Pictures: Emma Jane Drew
“When I first came to Minkaman a year ago, it was a very sad and sombre picture of shocked people. No smiles, no laughter and the sounds of “thunder” (Bombing in Bor) in the background. Today, Minkaman is a very different place – smiles and laughter can be heard everywhere. Children are playing in all directions, the market has increased tenfold and there is even a new bank. It is wonderful to see the amazing resilience of the South Sudanese and I am very happy that we have played a very strong role in supporting this resilient spirit.” Read the rest of the entry »