Humanitarian Emergencies are Hard but the Work is Worth it – IOM Uganda Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Engineer

Peter Nzabanita is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Specialist with IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in Uganda. A father of a boy and two little girls, Peter has had to get used to being away from his family for long periods of time while overseeing work in Uganda’s refugee settlements hundreds of kilometres from their home.

Dispatch from Ghardaïa: Meeting Bintu at the ‘Door to the Desert’

The buses left Algiers almost a day ago. Although the buses are comfortable, it has been a long day on the road for everyone. 

It is late June, and the convoy has arrived in Ghardaïa, northern-central Algeria – the door to the desert. As a member of an official delegation, I have come to visit and collect information about the transit facility in Ghardaïa, and the services provided to the migrants headed south.  There is media attention on this official visit. 

"Summer is here: Time to buy coal."

Katya is a single mother of two from Toretsk, Donetsk Region in Ukraine. Her very modest house is located only five kilometres from the contact line separating the two sides involved in the conflict; it was bought several years ago for a little more than USD 230 – an amount that Katya says took her a long time to save. After the conflict started in 2014, Toretsk was almost completely cut off from the main road system, leading to soaring prices for food and commodities — at least 20 per cent higher than elsewhere.