‘We can sleep hungry’

A short video on South Sudanese women and the food crisis in Juba.


In September 2022, inflation in South Sudan was estimated to stand at 45% since the beginning of the year. As floods and violence have disrupted livelihoods in many parts of the country, hunger is rising. The UN have announced on 25 November that next year, a record 9.4 million people are expected to need humanitarian assistance and protection services. “A staggering 76% of South Sudan’s population” notes the Humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan, Ms. Sara Beysolow Nyanti.


In the capital, Juba, women bear the brunt of this harsh reality. They find solutions to try and earn what they can, so they can buy food for their children. Their resilience is immense.


We’ve met two women and asked them how they manage their livelihood, without jobs and without being able to cultivate. The rapid urbanization of Juba has indeed seen farming lands shrink in recent years.


One of the women we spoke to is Betty Makele Isaac, who lives in Gumbo. She embroiders bed sheets (milaya), a traditional craft in South Sudan, so she can earn something and take care of her family.


Watch the short video to discover more.


Duration: 5min

Year: 2022

Director, Camera Operator and Editor: Florence Miettaux



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