World Humanitarian Day – 19 Aug 22

19 August was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as World Humanitarian Day, five years after a bomb attack in 2003 on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 22 humanitarian aid workers. The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was among those who lost their lives.

The day takes on a different theme each year and brings together partners from across the humanitarian system to “advocate for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.”

This year, the theme focuses on a collective approach to building global appreciation for humanitarian work. When crises hit, those who respond first to help people in need are those who are equally affected by the crisis. These people do not reach news headlines as they come together to alleviate suffering and bring hope.

“The 2022 WHD campaign shines a light on the thousands of volunteers, professionals and crisis-affected people who deliver urgent health care, shelter, food, protection, water and much more.”

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