IOM Staff Blog
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.
By Richard M Kavuma
Veronica Akiding vividly recalls the questions her children asked, when they learnt that she was leaving them to work in another country.
Her eldest daughter, now six years, protested having to go to boarding school, but relented on the premise that Mummy had to work for the family, and that Mummy would buy that fancy bike.
Little Armour, barely 18 months old, did not seem to understand what his mother was saying.
“Mama,” he said, innocently smiling and sucking his thumb.
It was four-year-old Austin who put up the biggest fight.
On Monday 26 November, Alinda celebrated her first birthday, something the parents could not have imagined three months earlier.
CATHERINE ANENA OKELLO is an Operations Assistant with IOM Uganda, until recently based in Kyaka II refugee Settlement.