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The Only Woman Ambulance Driver in Kenya’s Largest Refugee Camp

Batula Ali has defied gender norms and societal expectations to become the only woman ambulance driver in Kenya’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab. Batula usually shuttles between the camp and Garissa General Hospital providing much needed emergency services for high-risk patients. The job of an ambulance driver demands total commitment, and it is time-consuming sometimes with odd-hour calls to attend to emergencies. Batula says this is one of the challenges. However, she says, this only encourages her instead to being an obstacle. She believes apart from the job satisfaction that she derives, a lot of people depend on her for care and inspiration.