“The last floods in 2008 were catastrophic and destructive, but this recent one took me by surprise”, shares Ator Duer, 32-year-old, widow and mother of six. She said she was not prepared for an additional hardship in her life.
What Ator was referring to was the severe flooding that swept into her community on December 2021 and impacted more than 835,000 people in 33 out of 78 counties across South Sudan.
Ator, a native of Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, lost her husband to disease in two years ago. “I had to recover and figure out how to start my life as a single mother”, she says.