Over 65 million people worldwide are currently displaced by conflict and natural disaster, the biggest upheaval of humanity since World War II. Now more than ever, the humanitarian imperative is clear. World Humanitarian Day is a chance to honour those who work on the frontlines of this global crisis, providing lifesaving services to the most vulnerable, often at considerable personal risk.
Today we share inspiring voices from the IRC’s women’s protection team in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya, who tirelessly work supporting fellow refugees in their community.
“I am a leader in the community. I want to change many lives. I want to support women who are experiencing problems to have a better life. My work has saved lives.”
Leila Mohamed Diriye is from Somalia, she is a gender based violence community worker with the IRC’s team in Dadaab, where she has been living since 1992.
These are the voices of women and men like Ahmed and Feisi, who have chosen to speak not just with their words, but also with their actions. By standing with women and girls, against violence and discrimination, fighting for their rights, bringing about real change in their communities.
“Women are always left behind. I have a vision to educate, protect, and empower women. Join us.”
Feisl Mohamed is from Somalia, he is a gender based violence community worker with the IRC’s team in Dadaab, where he has been living since 1992.
The largest refugee camp in the world, Dadaab is home to over 300,000 refugees. 80% are women and children, with the majority of Somali origin — having fled drought and civil war. Women and girls living in camps like Dadaab face specific risks and have unique needs that the IRC’s team seeks to address through their frontline services.
These risks range from domestic violence, to sexual assault, to practices such as female genital mutilation, early and forced marriage and barriers to education.