Nick Hughes from Rohan Woodbridge on his 30 years of international aid work – and the refugee crisis the world faces today.
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His work in international development and emergency relief took him around the globe, providing humanitarian aid during the final years of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, the invasion of Iraq, and internal conflict in Sudan.
“There are parallels with Afghanistan in the 1980s”, explains Nick Hughes, reflecting on today’s ongoing Syrian migrant crisis.
“Soviet occupation forced four or five million refugees into Pakistan and Iran. What’s different about Syria is the number of people coming into Europe.”
Nick is able to draw such a comparison, having spent the years between 1981 and 2010 working for international aid charities including Save the Children, War ChildSave the Children, War Child and the children’s rights organisation, Terre des hommes.
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