Merlin joined Save the Children in July 2013. Together we will create a world-class humanitarian health force that will reach more children and their families with excellent healthcare in 120 countries.
The air around Nimule Hospital in South Sudan is thick with dust. A hot African sun beats down and pregnant mothers cluster in the shade of sparse trees, fanning themselves and sipping water. They are all relieved to be here.
“When we have to live in the bush we can be there for a week, sometimes more. There is no clean water, just a dirty stream," says Laura, a 10 year old child affected by the crisis in the Central African Republic.
"Everywhere I turn, young children are selling various plates of food items perfectly poised on their head. They look at us with a hopeful gaze to purchase a piece of bread," says Mike McCusker, Save the Children Programme Officer.