3,543 families in Juba have received five kilogrammess of Qurbani meat to help them celebrate Eid Ul Adha despite uncertainty and hardship due to the Coronavirus.

This year, the Islamic Relief Qurbani programme in South Sudan brought joy to people with special needs such as the blind, people living with disability, deaf, orphans and older people. Female-headed household, lactating mothers and patients admitted in the Juba Referral Hospital also benefitted from the distribution.

The Covid-19 pandemic and rising inflation has crippled many people’s economic sources and livelihoods in South Sudan This has led to a rural-urban migration as many residents in the urban areas seek fortunes in their ancestral home villages. Coronavirus has introduced a new way of life, increased burdens and brought about stigma, which aid agencies are battling to address

Sarah Laku, a resident of Gudele Block eight in Juba is a single mother of three and a beneficiary of the Qurbani programme. Sarah depends on 2,500($8) South Sudanese Pounds which she earns from her nursing job.

Although meat provides vital vitamins that enable growth of the body, access to this treat lies in affordability, especially within urban centres. As a nurse, Sarah understands the health implication that might arise due to lack of nutrients such as meat. “My family is eating meat once a month, and this is only when I receive my salary,” she reveals.

Hundreds of beneficiaries including Sarah opted to use a traditional method of preserving Qurbani meat to enable their families to provide meals for their loved ones for a long time.

Susan is grateful and applauded Islamic Relief for the cordial cooperation and delivering on its promises. She urged donors to continue helping female-headed households in providing shelter for widows during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.