Sandy Althomsons recently returned to Atlanta from Bangladesh where the epidemiologist spent three months working on water and sanitation issues at the world’s largest refugee camp.
The camp is made up mostly of Rohingya Muslims who fled their homeland of Myanmar after an uptick in violent persecution.
It was Althomsons’ fifth mission as an aid worker with Doctors Without Borders. As she explained to “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress, it was also her most difficult.
She tells Burress she’s sharing her experience out of hope “that compassion is just as contagious as the fear that is being spread about people who are forced from their homes.”