Murtada first arrived in Chad in 2004 as a young boy, having fled his home in Sudan. His family lived in a small village called Amkhrouba, leaving at the height of the genocide in Darfur, a time when the violence in the country was beyond comprehension. They eventually found their way to Camp Djabal, near the middle of Chad’s eastern border. This is where Murtada lives today with his wife and their children, as well as his mother, Mariam.

At 24 years old, Murtada, a young father and program coordinator for a non-profit organization called iACT, has found himself at the center of the Coronavirus response in the Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad. Along with other leaders in his community, Murtada has jumped into action to help his friends and family prepare for the virus that is spreading across the globe. This has meant building a grassroots movement to share information and distribute supplies among refugee camps all along the eastern border of the country. It has been a daunting task, but it’s one leaders in the refugee community are determined to accomplish.

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