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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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MARCH 2013
29
An Ounce of Prevention…
BY MARK G. WENTLING
O
ver the past year, while working as Plan International’s
country director for Burkina Faso, I traveled to several
Malian refugee camps in northern Burkina Faso. Ten of thou-
sands of people have fed there from Mali to escape a brutal
armed insurgency that is nearing its frst anniversary, with no
resolution in sight. Already overcrowded, these sites continue
to draw desperate people, most arriving without any belong-
ings to ease the transition to life in a desolate region of the
host country.
FOCUS
REFUGEES
AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS
Editor’s Note:
We invited AFSA
members who have assisted refugees
and internally displaced persons
during their Foreign Service careers
to share personal and professional
refections on those experiences.
Our thanks to all who responded.
—Steven Alan Honley, Editor
Photo courtesy of Mark Wentling
Assisting Refugees:
LESSONS LEARNED,
LIVES CHANGED