World Humanitarian Day

 

History

 

The United Nations General Assembly designated 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in memory of the 22 UN and NGO workers who were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003.

 

 

The Campaign

 

But World Humanitarian Day is not limited to remembering those lost on that day, it is also about celebrating the lives of all humanitarian aid and development assistance workers who have died as well as those who every day put their lives on the line to help those in need.

 

The total number of people affected by natural disasters has risen over the past decade, and about 211 million people are directly affected each year. Women and children are especially affected because of their ongoing struggles with poverty, insecurity, hunger, poor health and environmental decline. There are new and difficult challenges that arise each year that will require more flexible funding and adaptable humanitarian work. The increasing economic crisis and global challenges such as poverty, global health problems, increase prices and the rising number of people on the move, increases the need for humanitarians each year.

 

 

Why World Humanitarian Day?

 

Humanitarians provide life-saving assistance to millions of people worldwide. They place their own lives at risk to help others in conflict zones and areas of natural hazards. More than 700 humanitarian workers have died or experienced the most dangerous situations while trying to help those in need. Humanitarians provide support for different world challenges such as hunger, gender-based violence, refugees and displaced people, help for children, as well as clean water and access to sanitation. 

 

Over the past years humanitarian work has become more dangerous. The level of threats and number of deliberate attacks on aid organizations – our people, equipment and facilities – has risen dramatically.

 

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