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Navigating the Storm: One Year into Sudan's Crisis

Background to the Sudan Crisis
An aerial view of black smoke covering the sky above the capital Khartoum on April 19, 2023. (Photo: Abdelmoneim Sayad / AFP)

Today marks one year since I rejoined the Sudan operation with the World Food Programme, bringing me back to where it all started two decades ago. As a Sudanese, this journey has been deeply personal and transformative for me. Working in my homeland, especially during such a critical time, has been both heart-wrenching and inspiring. Balancing my profound love for Sudan with the need for objective detachment in my work has been one of the greatest challenges of my life.

I am immensely grateful for the recognition and mentorship I've received over this past year. Their guidance has been a beacon of light, helping me grow not just as a professional but as a person. Learning to separate my personal emotions from professional judgments has been a difficult yet invaluable lesson, shaping me into a more resilient and effective humanitarian.

The friendships I have forged during these difficult times have been a source of strength and comfort. The camaraderie and support from colleagues and friends have made this journey more bearable and have inspired me to keep pushing forward.

The resilience and spirit of the Sudanese people fuel my determination every day. I am more committed than ever to continue harnessing digital innovations in humanitarian aid, striving for operational excellence, and making a profound, lasting impact on the communities we serve. This past year has reaffirmed my belief in the power of compassion, innovation, and unwavering dedication to making a difference.

May Sudan once again be the country we remember, filled with peace, hope, and resilience.

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