A simple task of meshing together metal pallets and bars to repair a broken bridge has provided a lifeline for communities in the Lakes region of South Sudan, enabling traders to travel more easily and ensuring humanitarian relief reaches families in need.
“I do not want children to suffer like we do in the bushes. They are our future, and we want to open the gates of success for them by removing them from the army,” said a Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition’s Lieutenant Colonel, Mawa Bosco Oliver, himself a father of six.
A bottle of water retails at 200 South Sudanese pounds or SSP (just under $1) in Boma area’s Pibor town. But that is a smaller matter. To get any kind of medical service, each member of the area’s impoverished population must have no less than 30,000 SSP ($100).