1,000 conflict affected households in Yei and Lianya have received assorted food items including sugar, beans, salt, wheat flour, cooking oil and rice.

This was done through the Sweden Integrated Emergency Support (SIEP II) project which is aimed at reducing the burden of conflict affected population. Since 2013, Sweden has played a major role in fundraising humanitarian support to vulnerable people in South Sudan.

Known as SIEP II, the project provided integrated emergency support covering several sectors of WASH, Health, and Livelihoods. IR employed a communally acceptable vetting process to ensure only the deserving cases are considered in Yei and Lianya. This includes female-headed families, households with chronically ill individuals or disabled family members and child headed households. Households with acutely malnourished children or women, families who do not own productive assets or livestock, older people headed households or elderly people who are aged 60-years and above without support were also included. Daily wage-earning households (that is households who rely on casual daily labor for income) and Orphans were among the target groups.

To ensure communal ownership of the project, Islamic Relief has used an inclusive approach making sure every opinion from communities and stakeholders for a smooth implementation process. Another significant element of the IR approach is the robust adherence to gender-based policies while implementing the project.

Joyce Juan is 45-years-old and a beneficiary of the SIEP emergency food distribution in Lianya. She lived in Juba with her husband and six children for many years before migrating to her ancestral home in Lianya. Several factors contributed to her departure from Juba to Lianya just before 2013.

“I had some misunderstanding with my husband and we separated. The skyrocketing market inflation in Juba deprived me from providing basic needs for my children,’’ she says.

Juan dropped out of school due to what she described as inability to understand what was being taught in school and depends on her family farm in Lianya. “This food items from Islamic Relief will help my family meet our food requirements for approximately one month. IR has applauded the tireless efforts of stakeholders especially the Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) in Yei and Lianya, UNOCHA and community elders who played key role in mobilization and ensuring that project achieved its desired objectives.