A humanitarian and emergency communications specialist who has worked for nearly a decade with the UN across three continents.
Stefanie Carmichael is a humanitarian and emergency communications specialist who has worked for nearly a decade in UN peacekeeping missions and UN agencies in DR Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Libya, Rwanda, Thailand and the United States. When she's not working for peace, she's dancing salsa and reading about international travel regulations for well-dressed beagles.
Libya is a beautiful country, but my welcome to it was anything but. I had been in Tripoli less than a week and already my parents' worst nightmare was coming true. Our compound, which was home to most UN agencies and several embassies including Canada's, was under attack.
Last week marks two years since the current conflict in Yemen began, a war that has destroyed the economic and social fabric of the country. According to the government, the GDP shrunk nearly 35 per cent when fighting erupted. Infrastructure collapsed. Public institutions continue to struggle to provide even basic services.
Right now, there are 4.3 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance across South Sudan. Last month's formal declaration of famine only officialized a catastrophe that has been unfolding for months.
As humanitarian partners scale up their response to provide urgent life-saving support to the most vulnerable children and families, we're also left fielding questions about how, once again, the situation could deteriorate to such a point that a formal declaration of famine was made.