As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in South Sudan, many families are raising the alarm of losing their income sources and facing the tougher battle against hunger. This scenario is understandable in a country where over seven million people already suffer from food insecurity.
But 14-year-old Martha fears another impact of this worsening situation. “I am afraid of being married off early so my family can survive,” says Martha sadly.
Now in primary six, Martha dreams of helping change the way communities perceive girls through education. For as long as COVID-19 exists, Martha’s dream is seriously threatened.
“I am extremely sad that there is nothing I can do to make this pandemic disappear, so I can pursue my dream. But, I am hopeful, praying for God’s intervention in this situation,” she adds.
An estimated 1.9 million children in South Sudan are out of school when the learning institutions were closed to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the country. The downside is, with the impact on children’s education long affected by conflict, the bright future Martha has been aiming for is on hold.
Through the support of Irish Aid, World Vision supports the education of 7,875 children in two Dengthoma Camps for the internally-displaced in Melut County, a part of Upper Nile State in South Sudan.