World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on 19th August, when we celebrate all the people who have helped the refugees all around the world because they need appreciation on doing such a good effort in helping millions of people who are away from their homes and are striving for their lives, food, and necessities of life.
Agnes is one of the refugees who are doing wonders in helping people in her camp. She too had to leave her home in the middle of the night when her village was attacked. Two of her neighbors were killed and she was pregnant at that time, she ran with her husband and a young child. And today she is living in Palabek Refugee Camp in Northern Uganda along with 38,000 other refugees. Her family has increased since she has taken in two more orphan kids that came to her unattended
Life of a refugee is really tough. They have to live off the scarcity of food and hunger even if they get food ration on monthly basis, it’s just not enough to feed the entire family and then they have to starve for days. The settlement in Palabek, one of 12 such camps housing close to a million South Sudanese refugees, has the highest prevalence of acute malnutrition of all the camps across North Uganda, 12% anemia among children between six months and 59 months of age 59%.
Unfortunately, the situation of Agnes and her family is not any different. There is a large number of refugees and displaced today. The needs of these people are being served by the Humanitarian aid workers, including a skilled team of African Women Rising.
All over the news, we hear how doctors, dignitaries and many other professionals are helping people by visiting the refugee camps but we rarely hear about these aid workers who are working day and night to help the refugees and provide them their basic needs.
Grace is also one of the Humanitarian Worker who is also a refugee who fled from South Sudan with her children. From the last year, she has been working along with the African Women Rising helping them to grow food to supply the refugees. Her days are long and tiresome as she has to work hard to fulfill the needs of refugees as much as she can.
So, on this World Humanitarian Day let’s appreciate all the people who are working to help these people out and are part of the dedicated global cadre of women who are on the frontline on helping others. There are women in Uganda, Yemen, Syria, and Central Africa who are risking their lives to take care of those who are in need. They all deserve our appreciation and support not just on 19th August but every single day.