Christine Ngbaazande from Yambio has been awarded a coveted humanitarian honour at the Bond International Development Awards in London.
Christine was nominated for her work with World Vision South Sudan inspiring activism for the rights and respect of women and children in her community. She began working in 2016 to break stigma experienced by survivors of sexual violence and children born of rape in Yambio, training faith leaders, women’s groups and youth leaders to become local advocates for social acceptance, openness and encouragement. Christine trained more than 50 local advocates, who together were able to change attitudes and behaviours, increasing social acceptance of survivors of sexual violence.
Christine was herself forced to flee South Sudan as a refugee to the DRC in 1990 when she was just 13 years old. This personal experience helped to shape her desire to become a humanitarian.