Every year on 19 August, the global humanitarian community commemorates World Humanitarian Day. It is a day to recognize all humanitarian aid workers who face danger and adversity in order to help others. It also commemorates all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service.
On 19 August 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN office in Baghdad.
This year’s commemoration of World Humanitarian Day is unfortunately as timely as ever, with more humanitarian workers kidnapped, seriously injured or killed than ever before. In 2013, 155 aid workers were killed, 171 were seriously wounded, and 134 were kidnapped.
Hundreds of humanitarian organizations around the globe will be commemorating the day by raising public awareness of humanitarian assistance currently being provided worldwide.Read more