- Posted January 15, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The day we were dreading
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Plan International Programme Unit Manager in Ségou, Mali
Since the conflict first broke out in 2012 we were expecting this day when the battle would come too close for comfort but it still took us by surprise.
I work around the clock but I don’t mind really because as an aid worker I am concerned for all those around me. People come up to me on the street. They know I am from Plan Mali they trust me and think I can help. They ask for food, they are worried, they are exhausted and I feel so badly for not being able to help all of them.
I am touched by the situation of the people I meet. Since the beginning of the new conflict, I have hardly slept. I wake up early and get on my motorbike that I hired to move quickly around Ségou to gather the latest information. I meet local authorities and local NGOs to assess the situation. I make sure that I have all the necessary information to reassure people when they come to me.
I have been personally helping many people around me over the past days, helping to carry luggage, to move furniture and so on. I can relate to the anguish of the displaced.
I am Malian myself. I am originally from Mopti. And right now I have loved ones I have not heard from over the last couple of days. But I know I have to stay strong and pray that everything is OK for them. I have to stay strong to concentrate on what I am doing here bring a smile and relief whenever possible. I hope everyone out there will commit to help because there are real needs here.