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Humanitarian Stories: Surviving Disasters

“World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

 

On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, we share statements from our staff who have been part of humanitarian relief operations in the recent past.

 


“Humanitarian work is always attached with hardship, but my spirit is always high as aid worker that comes by seeing the sufferings of disaster affected people. Best wishes to all IGSSS family members who are part of emergency work.  Keep doing the good work for rewards are SMILES you can see on the faces of the people living in most difficult circumstances.”

 
Netaji Basumatary, Regional Manager – North East

“I admire their courage to still smile through the pain and hardships and that is what keeps me going. I may work like a slave but I sleep like a king knowing that I play my little part in giving them new hope and a reason to fight on.”

 
Kaplianlal Thangluai from our Northeast team shares about his experience of relief distribution during Assam Floods, 2016

August 19th is the world humanitarian day. Lets acknowledge, recognise and appreciate all the Humanitarian workers in IGSSS who have been working to reach out to the people and communities affected by disaster both natural and human made. Lets acknowledge the work of the last person in the field, our volunteers even though they have been for a short duration with us during our humanitarian response. Lets also remember on this day the aid workers who have lost their lives working in difficult circumstances globally with refugees, people affected by disaster in war zone. 

 
Milan Mandana, Manager Disaster Risk Reduction

“The days of rains and floods were not less than a nightmare for people like me living in red alert areas. The complete communications breakdown further added to the agony. I couldn’t connect with my team mates living in Srinagar which added to my worries. The flood has left behind sorrows and massive destruction. Home of many of my near ones is forever gone”. 

 

Nazia Nabi from our Kashmir team shared about her experience of battling through the flood situation in Kashmir Valley.

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