On 25th March, Mia and Mo took part in a book event at the University of East London to celebrate the launch of Chasing Misery, an anthology of essays by women working in humanitarian responses. The lead editor of the project, Kelsey Hoppe, explained the origins of the book to an audience of around 30 students and other interested visitors. Mo talked about primary healthcare systems in South Sudan, to provide a background to Mia’s reading from her moving essay Built To Carry Thirteen. Another Chasing Misery author, Kati Woronka, then read from her fascinating essay about the Syrian and Iraqi crises, Of Pastries, Loss, and Pride. This was followed by a lively panel discussion, where Mia, Mo, Kelsey and Kati answered thoughtful and challenging questions about aid work from the audience. The evening finished with a book signing and some informal coaching for the enthusiastic students, who were all eager for information on progressing their careers in international development.
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