Humanitarian heroes

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Thirteen years ago today, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad. In remembrance, August 19 was declared World Humanitarian Day to honor all those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires people to serve.

With 45,000 people serving World Vision in nearly 100 countries, today we honor those who work in the hardest places. Read the stories of three humanitarian heroes working in the newest and most fragile country in the world: South Sudan. After decades of fighting for independence, South Sudan became a country in 2011 and has been embroiled in a civil war since 2013.

Madeleine Bilonda

When you see her, she is smiling.

World Vision’s leader in Warrap State, South Sudan, Madeleine Bilonda is Congolese, the mother of six, a medical doctor—and seems to glow from within.

Even in the hardest of places.