VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
In a refugee camp in Kenya, leading by example
April 12, 2012 by Jane Yang
|Ahmed Hassan Osman is a supervisor at an IRC stabilization center in Kenya where severely malnourished children receive emergency treatment. Photo: Liz Ongoro/IRC|
Since he was a little boy, Ahmed Hassan Osman wanted to be a doctor. The son of subsistence farmers, he grew up on a farm in southern Somalia, where his parents cultivated maize and beans and raised cattle, goats, sheep and chickens. In 1981, however, civil war erupted and Ahmed’s family was forced to flee on foot, trekking 200km (124 miles) to Kenya. Eventually they settled in the Hagadera camp in the Dadaab refugee complex.