“The villagers say that if a family has a house with a roof of iron and a motorbike, then they are rich. If a family has a house with a roof of hay and no cows, then they are poor”. The poorest families can get a free toilet from Danish Red Cross. We post the names of the poor people on Village Chiefs house. And then people in the village can complaint if they don’t agree. They say -hi you forgot me- or that guy is Village Chief’s cousin. I am sure he has a motor bike – so he might only get a toilet with financial subsidies”, says Jytte Roswall. She has been working for Danish Red Cross in
As Country Coordinator in Cambodia for the Danish Red Cross Jytte Roswall supports and monitors the Danish Red Cross’ activities in the country including three programmes. These are community based health, disaster preparedness, and as the newest human trafficking.
“We have selected to work in a province in the north on the boarder to Thailand where it is mainly sexual exploitation that is the risks and then a province further south where men are trafficked into fishing boats and never come back or never get their salary. Then we have selected a province at the boarder of
In all of these areas part of the work is to raise awareness of the risk, about people’s rights and the risk they are running then migrating to work.“It’s a bit like walking in a mine field. People know that thy are running a risk, but they haven’t thought about what will happen if they end up in a situation they cannot get out off. That is where we hope to be able to help. People need to know their rights and which options they have if they end in this situation”.
The Red Cross is well know for its method of tracing and supporting reunification of people for example lost from family members during the Khmer Rouge, which they are hoping to transfer to cases of human trafficking. “We are currently reuniting family members who lost each other during and after the Khmer Rouge. Our idea is to use this system in our human trafficking programme to trace people or to send messages to their family”, says Jytte Roswall. The Red Cross would also like to work with reintegration into the society of people who are coming back from trafficking.
Jytte Roswall’s first took an education as pharmacist and later a degree in public health from
“I think we can reach much further here. Here we are working with basic needs. In
“It was probably a coincidence that I went abroad at first. It was also a coincidence that I started working for the Red Cross. But it was not a coincidence that I stayed. I agree with the principles of the Red Cross such as humanity and neutrality. I like the idea of a global organisation that is here to stay long after we have gone. I am proud of working for the Red Cross”, she finishes.