Montaha is a #humanitarian. She is passionate about her work – helping make mobility aid chairs to support people with mobility issues. #ItTakesAVillage #Syria #WorldHumanitarianDay pic.twitter.com/DQSIWyMIw2
— OCHA Syria (@OCHA_Syria) August 18, 2022
“Against incredible odds, often at great personal risk, they ease suffering in some of the most dangerous circumstances imaginable.”
‘It takes a village’
World Humanitarian Day is observed annually on 19 August. It was designated by the UN General Assembly in 2008 to commemorate the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 aid workers.
This year’s theme – It takes a village – highlights the fact that whenever and wherever people are in crisis, there are others who will help them.
“This village includes affected people who are always first to respond when disasters strike — neighbours helping neighbours. It includes a global community pulling together to support them as they recover and rebuild,” the UN chief said.
“And it includes hundreds of thousands of individual humanitarians — volunteers and professionals alike. Delivering health care and education. Food and water. Shelter and protection. Help and hope”.
The number of people who need humanitarian assistance has never been higher, due to conflicts, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty, hunger and unprecedented levels of displacement.
World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate humanitarians everywhere, said Mr. Guterres.
“We salute their dedication and courage, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in pursuit of this noble cause. They represent the best of humanity.”