International humanitarian aid worker

DipNgSt 1987 BNg 1988 MPHC 2001

Anne Morris From 1994 until 2005, I led CARE International's humanitarian work in some of the world's most difficult and dangerous crises in the Sudan, Iraq, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, the West Bank, and Gaza.

My work requires putting the innocent victims of war, poverty, famine and injustice first, and showing constant compassion for their suffering.

In the Sudan, I led CARE International's operational response to the famine in Bahr el Ghazal in 1998, and oversaw the setting-up of famine relief centres providing emergency nutrition and other life saving services to the villagers. Some 10,000 people died in this war caused by famine, and CARE's rapid and effective response undoubtedly saved many more lives. I continued as an assistant country director for CARE in Sudan, working for Campaign for Peace, which resulted in a peace agreement for southern Sudan being signed in 2003.

In 2003, I was responsible for CARE's emergency team pre-positioned to respond to the expected humanitarian consequences of the Iraq war. After the situation had sufficiently stablised I led the emergency team into Iraq to support CARE's exisiting operations and develop responses to those affected by the war.

In Rwanda, I looked after projects in non formal youth education, psycho social rehabilitation for orphans and vulnerable children, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and in economic development. I took a personal interest in helping child-headed households. After the genocide, many children left without parents or relatives ran their own households, usually led by the oldest child. International aid was insufficient to help many of these children, so we taught them methods of household management and banking.

I was responsible for the CARE and the entire NGO responses to the massive volcanic eruption near the border town of Goma in Eastern Congo. This required managing rapid provision of shelter, healthcare, water supply and other services for thousands of displaced people, and I established coordination systems for all NGOs which were responding to this crisis.

Anne Morris received the 2006 Convocation Medal.