Farmers Nyangei Kai and Thomas Riak are also struggling to provide for their family due to another effect of climate change; extreme flooding in South Sudan.
Around 909,000 people have reportedly been affected by recent flooding in South Sudan as torrential rains ravage crops and destroy homes. The world’s newest nation is reeling from four consecutive years of flooding, with the disaster now affecting nine out of ten states.
Nyangei Kai and Thomas Riak were forced to flee their home when flood waters destroyed their crops and killed their animals. They are now internally displaced and moved to the Yirol East area where they are being supported by a host family.
“When the floods came, everything was submerged under water. I lost all my livelihood to the floods. All the food reserves that we had saved for years were destroyed. All the animals died and we had nothing to grow. The hunger kicked in, so we decided to flee here with my family,” Nyangei said.
Nyangei’s husband Thomas said that they have received a warm welcome by their host family, but worries that there is hunger in this region also.
“I feel safer here because I have received emergency food assistance and farm tools from Caritas. I have also been given a piece of land that I am using to grow food now. However, the area is affected by climate change,” Thomas said.
“Life is God’s gift. I hope for the rains so that we can grow our food. If it doesn’t rain, we will survive on wild vegetables. But I plead to the people of Ireland, my family is starving and we need food aid.”
Peter Mamer Alam, Programme Coordinator at Caritas Rumbek, said that food insecurity in the region is going to increase this year.