Juba, 29 June, 2020 / 8:20 pm (ACI Africa).
As the coronavirus lockdown continues to wreak havoc in South Sudan with various vulnerable groups being hit the most, the country’s Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) comprising over 5,000 registered members has distributed food items to women and persons with disabilities, orphans and gender-based violence (GBV) survivors.
In an interview with ACI Africa Friday, June 26, YWCA Executive Director in South Sudan, Modi Enosa Mbaraza said the donation in Juba targeted widows, orphans, people with disabilities, and victims of rape.
“We thought with the COVID-19, women are most affected, like those ones who are selling some little food, now with the lockdown and other things it has affected them badly because they haven’t been selling anything for months,” Ms Enosa said, adding that items distributed included maize flour, beans, salt, soap, cooking oil and sugar.
She said the beneficiaries, estimated to be close to 30 women in different food distribution centers, include those from different faiths, ages, and backgrounds.
The goal of the South Sudanese non-denominational YWCA is to realize a society where the human rights of women and girls and a sustainable environment are promoted, achieved and protected through women’s leadership.