The aid worker, from Hampstead, joined others in Bangladesh where she is helping in the refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar. After a recent visit back home, where she stocked up on Bisto gravy granules, Christmas pudding and other festive items, she took them back for colleagues to share.
“It’s actually a bank holiday here, so we will be having the day off,” she said ahead of the festivities.
“I came back for my Mum’s 60th birthday three weeks ago and brought a load of things back. Apart from that we will be back and forth to the aid camp.”
It will be her first Christmas and New Year away from home.
“It will be sad,” she said. “I’ll miss the social gatherings you get at Christmas, and sitting around watching films with the people you love.”
Kristiana started off her life in charity work as a shop manager at Mary’s Living and Giving Save the Children shop in Primrose Hill. After a talk by an aid worker to staff at the store, she decided to get further involved. Three years on, she put her name forward to be deployed when Myanmar’s security forces targeted the Muslim Rohingya population in August last year.
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“The programme of work we do is incredible,” she said. “We have helped hundreds of thousands through our projects, building healthcare and educational facilities in the camps, where living conditions are beyond comprehension.”
As an aid worker, she talks to refugees about their experiences. She says one sticks in her mind.
Jan 22, 2020A Myanmar-appointed panel concluded on Monday (Jan 20) that some soldiers likely committed war crimes against its Rohingya Muslim community but the military was not guilty of genocide, findings swiftly condemned by rights groups. The “Independent Commission Of Enquiry (ICOE)” released the results of its probe just ahead of a ruling on Thursday by the […]
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