World Humanitarian Day 2021: History, Significance, Quotes and Key Facts
World Humanitarian Day 2021: According to WHO, this year the day is devoted to dealing with the climate crisis which is the single biggest threat facing humanity.
The whole world witnessed record-breaking heatwaves, catastrophic storms, and changing weather patterns. Therefore, climate change is a health emergency, impacting food systems, disease dispersion, health systems, and societies at large.
As per the UN, in 2020, 475 aid workers were attacked, 108 were killed, 242 wounded, and 125 were kidnapped.
World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on 19 August to commemorates the humanitarian workers or real-life heroes who have committed their lives to help others in the most extreme circumstances around the world. On this day, we honour all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to the people who are in most need.
World Humanitarian Day: History
World Humanitarian Day was designated in memory of a bomb attack on 19 August, 2003 on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq where 22 people died including the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. The United Nations General Assembly in 2009 formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day.
This year the day highlights the immediate human cost of the climate crisis by pressurising world leaders to take appropriate and meaningful action for the world's most vulnerable people.
- As per the UN, in 2020, 475 aid workers were attacked, 108 were killed, 242 wounded, and 125 were kidnapped.
- Most of the attacks took place in South Sudan, Syria, and DRC. Other high incidents took place in the Central African Republic and Mali. Here incidents have doubled since 2018.
- During 2020, attacks against aid workers in Tigray of Ethiopia rose and have been worsening further in 2021.
World Humanitarian Day: Quotes
1. “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” - Mahatma Gandhi
2. “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” - Mother Teresa
3. “To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.” - Betty Williams
4. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” - Martin Luther King Jr.
5. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
6. “We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
7. "The destiny of world civilization depends upon providing a decent standard of living for all mankind.” - Norman Borlaug