World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian day is celebrated on the 19th of August every year. This serves as the reminder of sacrifices made by people to humanitarian causes and needs, so as to honor all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need. It also opens a window for the world to appreciate and celebrate these real heroes. 

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 UN General Assembly formalized the day as World Humanitarian Day. 

This year, the day aims to draw attention to the selfless service of tens of thousands of volunteers who give immediate medical care, food, shelter, and protection to people during crises. So it is worth mentioning that this year, the United Nations, being one of the world’s leading organizations, will use digital art to tell the stories of people in need and those who help them in order to celebrate and spread awareness. 

Lectures, seminars, walks, children’s art contests, races, community clean-up days, radio and television interviews, letters to newspapers and new programs will be held on this day and it is important for us to participate so to achieve the goal of raising awareness about humanitarians and their work to make sure these “heroes” won’t end up being “unsung heroes”.

Written by : Rtr. Sesharah Fernando

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