BANGLADESH - Sitting in an air-conditioned office in Canada, it’s hard to comprehend the daily experiences of Rohingya refugees living on the other side of the world. The scale of this crisis both shocks and overwhelms me. But it’s easy for this crisis to be just a number.
BANGLADESH - Over the years, I have been part of projects responding to humanitarian needs in some of the world’s largest refugee camps. Last year, I visited two new refugee camps that are now in this group.
Gloria Desire Kajima is from Yei State, South Sudan and now a resident of the refugee settlement in Bidibidi, Yumbe District, Uganda. At just 20 years old, she heads a household of ten that includes her two-year-old son, her younger siblings, and young members of her husband’s family.
For millions of people, 2017 was like living through a nightmare. Bombed out homes in war-ravaged Syria; east African communities crippled by malnutrition; homes left in ruin after an earthquake in Mexico; parents weeping over their lost sons and daughters in Myanmar and Bangladesh.