Save the Children's Gareth Owen on getting into humanitarian work and the Syria crisis
and Hub Cymru Africa
hosted an evening with Gareth Owen, the Humanitarian Director of Save the Children, at the Temple of Peace on Tuesday 21 March in two separate events.
Originally from Powys, Gareth has worked at Save the Children for 15 years, where he leads a diverse department of more than 200 humanitarian staff. He has led operational responses in every major emergency over the past decade, notably the Iraq conflict, the Asian tsunami and Cyclone Nargis.
The first event was focused around forming a career in humanitarian work. Gareth, a highly experienced humanitarian professional whose work has spanned many different crisis and continents, spoke to a large audience about how to forge a career in international development.
He spoke about the challenges of humanitarian work and the atrocities he saw in conflict.
"Humanitarian jobs are not glamorous. It can be very catastrophic, you need to be passionate about what you're doing and be persistent....Determination can be the only way, sometimes it's like living in a horrible movie but you need to continually poses a good character."
"Be humble and energetic and get on with the job, embrace culture differences and be compassionate with people where you're delivering that service."
He particularly noted the importance of staying optimistic: "As a humanitarian worker you are paid to be an optimist, it's a key trait to have. We cannot despair but let's be optimistic"
The second event, later in the evening was centred around the impact of the Syrian war on Syrian children's wellbeing and rights. He spoke of study findings that 50% of children were unable to attend school.
After the talk on Syria, Gareth Owen gave a message of hope and action. You can see the video here
. For pictures of the event click here
Welsh National Book of Remembrance on display at Narberth Museum
Having visited different venues across Wales in 2016, including the National Library of Aberystwyth and Caernarfon Castle, the Welsh National Book of Remembrance for WW1 is now in Narberth Museum.
Available to visit until mid April, the book which documents names of 35,000 service personnel who died in battle, is accompanied by an exhibition and a programme of events to reflect the impact WW1 had on communities in Wales. Volunteer workshops, art installations, and a talk on War Poetry by local historian Terry John, are just some of the events taking place.
Narberth Museum also have a digital Instagram exhibition where they are tweeting and instagramming quotes and pictures from their collection.
Local Pembrokeshire soldiers stories are available to read at the exhibition. Ffion Fielding, Exhibition and Engagement Officer at Wales for Peace said: "It is these individual stories that help us to understand the plight of the thousands of lives lost, and provide a unique opportunity to capture the human side of war."
The exhibition hopes to bring people together to celebrate shared experiences and feelings of a community through the creation of a new book, "The Narberth Scrapbook", where experiences of both local soldiers and civilians will be recorded.
To find out more about the history of the Book, click here or you can view a digital copy of the Book here. You can find more details about the Exhibition at Narbeth Museum here.