World Humanitarian Day

 August 19th serves a World Humanitarian day. The United Nations state that “This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).” WHD focuses on a different subject each year, uniting partners across the humanitarian system to campaign for the survival, well-being, and respect for people that have been affected by disasters, as well as the safety and protection of aid workers. Humanitarian workers give life-saving support to individuals in need all around the world. Workers in conflict areas or places affected by natural catastrophes are particularly susceptible. Anyone and everyone can be a humanitarian, so keep reading to find out more about the day and how you can get involved. #RealLifeHeroes will be the hashtag for the eleventh World Humanitarian Day in 2022. The goal of this year’s campaign is to convey inspiring personal tales of humanitarians who have been heroes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

DID YOU KNOW? At one point in 2021, 235 million people in 26 countries required humanitarian assistance?

Over 160 million people worldwide are now in need of humanitarian assistance due to conflict or natural catastrophes. Every year, millions of humanitarian relief workers commit themselves to providing life-saving help to individuals in need all around the world. They strive each day to transform the world into a better, more safe place for the less privileged, the poor, and individuals living in conflict zones, famine zones, and pestilence zones. Many assistance workers, particularly those who live in or nearby conflict zones, or in places ravaged by natural catastrophes, may endanger their own lives while labouring for humanitarian efforts. In 2022, it is recognized that the effects of humanitarian crises are exacerbated for the world’s most vulnerable people by the COVID-19 pandemic, where humanitarian workers have been crucial to help promise access to health care and highlighting the possible impacts of malnourishment, sexual identity violence, mental health, and other challenges that unfairly targets stigmatized communities.

World Humanitarian day is important for numerous reasons, being that it sheds light upon the need for humanitarian work, and it gives the deserved appreciated to the people that are deemed as hero’s due to the risk they put themselves at just to help as many other people and communities as they can. On this day, you can help by donating to a humanitarian organization or participating in humanitarian work in your community.

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