South Sudan’s most remote communities served by the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) team composed of 28 members require the toughest and most resilient humanitarians.
Faced with bad weather that could cancel transport and detain them in the bush for days or weeks, dangerous animals, water-borne diseases and malaria, World Vision’s Protection Monitor Gatuoch Kuei Duach said the experience opened his eyes to many realities of life.
“Working in World Vision’s hard-to-reach work areas like Ulang, Keich Koun and five other locations also strengthened my courage and hope. Without my humble contribution, hunger would have claimed many lives”, Duach says.
He adds, “My work shows the world that it is interconnected in one reason or another. I realised that the people we serve have the potential to feed themselves but due to environment factors, natural and man-made disasters, they fail to do so.”
I realised that the people we serve have the potential to feed themselves but due to environment factors, natural and man-made disasters, they fail to do so.
Benard Nyataya, RRM’s Food Assistance Coordinator, is proud of every team member’s commitment and hard work. He says, “These are South Sudan’s dedicated humanitarians who utilize their expertise in extreme operational situations to deliver lifesaving interventions to people we serve.”
The challenges the team is faced in every food distribution using airdrops and shipments are difficult to describe, but Nyataya said they do it giving dignity to the people in-need.
“The people in these areas depend on us. For all humanitarians who work in this context and in these kind of locations, we are not only employees, but we were born to be humanitarians”, shares Duach.
He concludes, “Giving food assistance is not enough, we also do our best to advocate for the people, be an example in bringing peace, and encourage them to aspire to live in harmony for their own development and their children’s future.”
Written by Gatuoch Kuei Duach, Protection Monitor I Photos by Eugene Combo and Christopher Lete, Communications