In South Sudan, people are turning to fishing after the floods that hit their region.
The water that is just starting to come out has still brought a blessing: the fish.
People wake up at dawn to try to catch them, almost on their doorstep, armed with sticks, spears or mosquito nets. The prodigious fishing enthusiasts thank the sky, but would have liked to stay dry and go get the fish in the river.
« The negative part is that we lost everything we grow, the tomatoes we planted all lost, all the houses were destroyed, but something interesting happened after the floods because There was no food and we just waited for the distribution of food and people were suffering, but after this disaster we had the chance to fish and that’s the only thing we depend on now. «
« We come here from 8 pm and we fish until 5 am to go home and cook the fish so that our children can eat it because we have nothing at home to give them eat, we come here to fish and bring them home and prepare for them and we continue like this every day. «
With this influx of fish products, the situation of these refugees has not improved. Flood waters have destroyed latrines and contaminated drinking water sources, fears of water-borne diseases, tempers Jacqueline Alex, associated with protection at UNHCR.
« Before the floods, they did a lot of agricultural work, but because of the floods, all the food in the gardens was damaged and those who were able to harvest before the flood were also damaged in the houses and you can see what the community cares about the food and shelter they need. «
The torrential rains in East Africa have had fatal consequences in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says nearly a million people have been affected in South Sudan.