When armed conflict broke out in various parts of South Sudan, Unity State, in the northern part of the country, was one the worst affected areas. Thousands of people lost their lives in the fighting and many more, including women and girls, were forced to flee.
Some people found refuge in the United Nations Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Bentiu. Today, the Bentiu POC site is home to an estimated 97,000 people. It is the largest camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan.
The women IDPs, having already been forced to flee their homes, often face the risk of harassed or even physically assaulted when they venture outside the POC – for example, when collecting firewood.
With EU humanitarian funding, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) team in Bentiu helped the women set up alternative economic activities that would not require them to leave the camp as often.
After identifying small-scale businesses to support, the IOM assisted the participants purchase the necessary items to start their businesses.
Story based on an article by Liatile Putsoa, IOM South Sudan Media and Communications Officer.
Photos: © IOM.