19 August: World Humanitarian Day
The World Humanitarian Day was observed across the world on August 19, 2018 to pay tribute to workers who risk their lives in humanitarian services and to gather support for people affected by crises around the world.
2018 World Humanitarian Day campaign: #NotATarget
The 2018 World Humanitarian Day aims to draw attention towards the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict every day. Millions of innocent civilians are forced to flee or hide due to conflicts and wars around the world.
Countless families are displaced from their homes, children are taken out from schools and communities are torn apart and the world is not doing enough to stop their suffering.
Even health and aid workers, who risk their lives every single day to serve and care for people, are being targeted. This year’s campaign demands the world leaders to do everything in their power to protect all civilians in conflict.
When and why was the day proclaimed?
On August 19, 2003, a terrorist attack had hit the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. The bombing killed 22 people including UN Representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.
Five years later in 2008, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day.
Since then every year, the humanitarian community has organised global campaign to commemorate the Day to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crisis.
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