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19 Aug 2018 description

19 August 2018, Cairo, Egypt - The Eastern Mediterranean Region is witnessing an unprecedented number, magnitude and severity of emergencies, culminating in a major humanitarian tragedy. More than 70 million people are in need of health aid, including 16 million people displaced within their countries, and 32 million people who are food insecure.

19 Aug 2018 description

Civilians are not a target

Tunis, 19 August 2018 - This World Humanitarian Day, we continue to recognize the suffering of civilians caught in conflict and we celebrate the courage of humanitarian workers who strive to bring relief and care to those in need.

19 Aug 2018 description

Gaziantep, 19 August 2018

Each year on August 19th, World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to humanitarian workers around the world who risk their lives each day in the service of millions of people caught up in crisis.

In Syria, humanitarian workers continue to pay a heavy price while helping vulnerable populations. Since the start of the crisis in March 2011, hundreds of humanitarian workers and health workers have been killed in the course of their duty.

19 Aug 2018 description

Nearly 140 aid workers were killed last year worldwide, a 23 percent rise over 2016

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Aug 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Working in conflict zones for years does not make it any less frightening when armed militiamen storm the hospital you run, says Colette Gadenne of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

This happened three times in three weeks from May to June in Central African Republic, where Gadenne is head of the mission. In one case, the fighters fired 21 rounds before leaving.

19 Aug 2018 description

SITUATION UPDATE

  • Health Cluster partners are responding to a drought in the northern region where up to 2.2 million people may be affected by water- and vector-borne diseases and malnutrition.

  • The top two communicable diseases during July were acute diarrheal diseases (356,940 cases) and acute respiratory infections (346,407 cases).

  • Seventy-one (71) attacks on healthcare were reported in July, including 42 attacks/closures of health facilities, 27 attacks on health personnel and two attacks on ambulances.

18 Aug 2018 description

At least 44 people have died in Congo's tenth Ebola outbreak since the deadly virus was discovered in the 1970s

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A deadly Ebola outbreak in a conflict-hit area of the Democratic Republic of Congo poses an "unprecedented" challenge to health workers trying to access victims and contain the disease, medical charities said on Friday.

18 Aug 2018 description

(Kabul, 19 August 2018): On World Humanitarian Day, citizens across the globe come together to rally support for people living in countries at war and to pay tribute to the first responders and aid workers who help them. Fighting and conflict in Afghanistan continue to take a brutal toll on people and aid workers. In the first six months of this year, 1,692 civilians were killed by conflict, the highest number in the past decade. This year, more than 130 schools were attacked and two health facilities were completely destroyed.

18 Aug 2018 description
report UN News Service

Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, a déposé vendredi une gerbe et s’est incliné devant le drapeau bleu de l’organisation retrouvé dans les décombres du siège de l’ONU à Bagdad détruit par une explosion il y a 15 ans. Il a réaffirmé sa détermination à améliorer la sécurité de tous les employés des Nations Unies, tout en reconnaissant que leur travail « ne sera jamais exempt de risques ».

18 Aug 2018 description

A la veille de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, Filippo Grandi rend hommage aux employés humanitaires qui ont perdu la vie en aidant les personnes dans le besoin, alors que les statistiques des déplacements atteignent un niveau sans précédent.

Par Marta Martinez

17 Aug 2018 description
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SG/SM/19171-IHA/1454-OBV/1813
17 AUGUST 2018

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message on World Humanitarian Day, to be observed on 19 August:

17 Aug 2018 description

Every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day brings citizens of the world together to rally support for people living in crises and to pay tribute to the aid workers who help them.

17 Aug 2018 description
report UN News Service

Al recordar a los empleados de la ONU asesinados, el Secretario General se comprometió, en el Día Mundial de la Asistencia Humanitaria, a mejorar su seguridad, aunque reconoció que el trabajo nunca está exento de riesgos.

Con un minuto de silencio y una corona de flores, el Secretario General António Guterres rindió tributo a los trabajadores humanitarios caídos cumpliendo la misión de las Naciones Unidas.

17 Aug 2018 description

SG/SM/19169
17 AUGUST 2018

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the wreath‑laying ceremony marking the fifteenth anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, in New York today:

Dear colleagues and friends, survivors and families, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I would ask you all please to observe a minute of silence in memory of our dear fallen colleagues.

17 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 19 August 2018 – “Today as we mark World Humanitarian Day, we pause to recognise the dedication and courage of our colleagues around the world, honour our colleagues who have lost their lives in the course of their work, and reavow our commitment to the many millions of children and young people in need of support and protection.

“It has now been 15 years since the Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 people were killed, including our UNICEF colleague Chris Klein-Beekman and the United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

17 Aug 2018 description

(Dakar, 17 août 2018) – Dans le cadre de la Journée mondiale de l’aide humanitaire, la communauté humanitaire d’Afrique de l’ouest et du centre se réunit ce vendredi à Dakar en solidarité avec les personnes affectées par les crises humanitaires et la violence des conflits de la région. Le Bureau des Nations unies pour la Coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA) souligne que plus en plus de civils sont la cible directe ou indirecte d’incidents majeurs et que les humanitaires sont également victimes d’attaques croissantes dans cette partie du monde.

17 Aug 2018 description

Maiduguri, 17 August 2018 – We mark World Humanitarian Day every year on 19 August, to express solidarity with people affected by humanitarian crises and pay tribute to the humanitarian workers who help them.

This year’s commemoration marks the fifteenth anniversary since the attack on the United Nations in Baghdad, Iraq, in which 22 of our colleagues were killed. Since that tragedy, which led to this day’s designation as World Humanitarian Day, over 4,000 humanitarians have been killed, injured, detained or kidnapped. That is an average of 300 cases every year.

17 Aug 2018 description

Bruxelles, le 17 août 2018

En ce 15e anniversaire de l'attentat à la bombe contre le siège des Nations unies à Bagdad, l'Union européenne rend hommage à l'engagement des travailleurs humanitaires qui risquent leur vie pour fournir une aide humanitaire partout dans le monde. Le respect intégral du droit international, la sécurité et la sûreté des travailleurs humanitaires et leur accès sans entrave aux populations constituent un sujet de préoccupation majeure pour l'Union européenne.

17 Aug 2018 description

Brussels, 17 August 2018

On the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, the European Union pays tribute to the commitment of aid workers who risk their lives to deliver humanitarian aid worldwide.The unequivocal respect of international law, the safety and security of humanitarian workers and their unfettered access to those in need are a major concern for the European Union.