Life as a humanitarian worker is seldom easy, but can be immensely rewarding, as most people in this field say. Over a tête-à-tête during one of his visits to India, ICRC delegate Janardanan Kannanthodath shared his experiences as a humanitarian worker in a career spanning 31 years and 59 countries with the ICRC New Delhi Blog.
Jan, as he is fondly called, joined the ICRC in 2006 in Sri Lanka, and has served in many frontlines roles in the Assistance, Protection and Economic Security departments of the organisation. He is now the Administrator at the ICRC delegation in Amman, Jordan. In this interview, he shares his experiences of helping people in conflicts in countries as far-flung as South Sudan and as close as Sri Lanka. He also provides an insight into the challenges and rewards of working in the humanitarian domain.
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