It’s official this week: the southern region of Sudan will secede from the north and form the world’s newest nation.
When I read the news out of Sudan, I always wonder how the latest events are affecting the people I’ve had a chance to get to know on my visits to Darfur.
Like public health promoters – trained by Oxfam – who work tirelessly to educate their neighbors about the importance of hygiene in averting disease outbreaks in the crowded camps.
Halima Adam Nasur is one. She and her team make home visits, teaching their neighbors about washing hands, keeping food and utensils hygienic, maintaining latrines, and more. Their efforts have helped thousands of people protect the health of their loved ones – and very likely have saved lives.
“I believe that all the people in the camp are my sisters and brothers,” she said to me. “We are never going to let our people down.”