We are familiar with a lot of the visible work in humanitarian situations. What about the invisible?
Munni Akter was always keen to work with people in crisis situations. She couldn’t afford higher education yet she found another way to contribute - as a senior para counsellor, with BRAC. She provides psychosocial first aid to Rohingyas living in the camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and receives continual training as part of her job.
‘I remind of ‘Monowara’ an women affected by the horrible fire incident on 9 January 2022 in Rohingya camp. I was providing psychological first aid to fire-affected people, when I found Monowara sitting with two of her children next to the burnt remains of her shelter. Her terrified eyes were clearly stating the intensity of her mental wound stirred up by the flame. I sit near her and listened to her fire memories. She is a single mother so, she was all alone to save her children and belongings from the sudden blaze. In the rushing crowd she lost her children and reunited after two hours of searching. The moment she had lost her children.was the most traumatic experience in her life. Not everyone has someone to share their thoughts and feelings with. I work to change that. I listen to people and support their healing.”