World Humanitarian Day was set in order to commemorate the attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August 2003, when the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sérgio Vieira de Mello was killed.
This celebration should remind us of people around the world who every day deal not only with dangers of environmental nature, but also those caused by a man. On this day, we should turn out attention to humanitarian workers, heroes who selflessly help those who need assistance.
Providing help requires great sensitivity, knowledge and willingness to work in extreme conditions. Since January 2014, 128 incidents of endangered safety of humanitarian workers were recorded, including kidnapping and injuries. 54 workers died.
Despite difficult conditions they need to endure, humanitarian workers have simple motivations: “I became a humanitarian worker in order to help people who are ill and suffer from various problems” - Bishnu Panthee, nurse, IOM, Nepal; “I had a privilege to meet people in need, who were one of the most generous people I have ever met, and it is my job to make sure their voices are heard” - Karl Schembri, Media Manager, Save the children, Jordan.
The celebration of this year’s World Humanitarian Day includes the campaign “The world needs more humanitarian heroes”, which aims at raising public awareness of humanitarian aid.
Become an ambassador of the World Humanitarian Day in social media. Join the group “Messengers of Humanity” (http://www.messengersofhumanity.org/) and encourage others to do the same.