Meet Omar! Omar has been working as a logistics assistant with IOM in Diffa for over two years.
"During Ramadan, as we watched TV in the evening, we heard a loud noise. Three suicide bombers had set their bombs to explode in the city. About ten people died that night. There are times when it can be quite frightening in the region, because the security situation is not yet stable, but you get used to a certain extent. I think that having such a satisfying job helps us cope with such situations.
One day at one of the humanitarian aid distribution sites, I met an elderly lady and her four grandchildren, the oldest of whom was about 10 years old. She told us that her sons were killed by Boko Haram so the little ones now had to support the family. They would wash the dishes for the food vendors so that they could earn some money and feed their siblings. We all cried that day. Days like that remind you to be grateful for what you have. "
➡ IOM's emergency humanitarian response program in Diffa is supported by the Austrian Development Agency and the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.