Martha Daniel Lul Story
Martha Daniel Lul is 52 years old window residing in Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp at UN-House- POC 1, Block B, since 2013. She is a mother of 8 children, 3 boys and 5 girls plus 13 grandchildren she explained her stories and the challenges she is facing during this pandemic of COVID 19.
Martha was born in Pangak, Jonglei State in the Republic of South Sudan. She got married in 1984 at the age of 16 years old. She lost her husband in 1990 in the bush during Anyanya one rebellion war when she only had 2 children with him since then she never got married but was inherited by the brothers of the deceased husband as per Nuer tradition to whom she produced the rest of the children to the name of the deceased husband.
“Previously like many other South Sudanese who grow up or lived their lives during Sudan and South Sudan civil war, we were displaced from our ancestral land in Pangak to Khartoum in around 1998. The difference is that, there was no camp like the one we are in today, the difference between the two displacements is that in Khartoum we were working but here we typically depend on UN and other NGO assistance, if they give you then you will take it, if they don’t give you then you will suffer remember organization operates based on budgets. The challenge here is that someone like me with many responsibilities can’t purely rely on NGOs for your personal needs and your extended families”.
Current Situation in POC-Juba
“Here in the POCs there are campaigns and awareness on COVID-19 prevention, going on every day by different organizations, they have translated messages in various local languages for everyone to understand, and they have even provided us with soaps and containers for washing hands for each household. Although my relatives, my friends and I have not been affected by COVID-19, my main fear is that the way this camp is so congested and crowded if Coronavirus reaches here, we will all die helplessly. Here in the POCs we are only relying on temporary facilities as clinics and they cannot manage all of us. We are scared”.
Challenges Posed by COVID-19
“As older persons, we like to move and visit our friends to chat with them but now, we are being told to minimize and stop our movements during this COVID-19 period, but it’s making us isolated and traumatised. We were given two months food ration by WFP and we were told that we will have to wait till June 2020 but the food received is about to get finished within the first month I do not know what is going to happen”.
“What is paining me now is that my money that was given to me by HelpAge International as Livelihood support to do small business is about to consume all both the capital and the profit because of this lockdown. I am unable to go to the town to buy goods for my business”.
“One of the biggest challenges we have in the camp here is that our community leaders are also displaced persons. They are also vulnerable and depend on UN and NGOS support as well, they can’t help us unless maybe by disseminating information on COVID 19.
“Our biggest fear currently in the camp is Coronavirus. If I am affected, I don’t know how I will survive. I strongly commend all partners that continue with the campaigns and awareness about COVID 19 they should be done on all platforms especially through the radios”.