Today, August 19th, it is World Humanitarian Day. Humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work are commemorated today by the UN. This day was designated in memory of the 19th of August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 people, including the chief humanitarian in Iraq.
Why is this day needed?
If you aren’t sure if this day should exist, here are a few facts that should help us all understand:
- 483 aid workers were attacked: 125 killed, 234 wounded and 124 kidnapped in a total of 277 separate incidents.
- WHO reported 1,009 attacks against healthcare workers and facilities, resulting in 199 deaths and 628 injuries.
- 90% of all attacks worldwide were on national staff.
They provide medicines, health care, vaccines, safe water drinking facilities, and support across the globe. This year is especially important as humanitarian workers combat COVID-19 on top of their regular duties.
How can you help?
By supporting any of the non-profits that have people on the ground, helping and fighting for their and other’s lives every single day.