World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day 2020 comes amid to the world which continuing the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Aid workers are overcoming unprecedented access hurdles to help people in humanitarian crises in 54 countries, also as during a further nine countries which are catapulted into humanitarian need by the COVID-19 pandemic.

World humanitarian day 2020 is a tribute to all those who risk their lives to be in service for people who are victims of armed conflicts. They give a short term relief for victims of the war crisis, natural disasters, famine and refugees before the government provides a long-lasting one. Many are victims in the hostile environment facing sexual abuses, unknown danger, trafficking and forced recruitment.  Humanitarians are the life support for these people.

Humanitarians mainly comprise of Aid workers and medical personals. Their aim is to provide food, shelter and medical facilities until the government help arrives. Their main agenda is to save people and reduce their sufferings. They risk their lives to give a helping hand.


On August 19th 2003, 22 humanitarians were killed in Baghdad at Canal hotel bombing.  The leader was a prominent humanitarian Sergio Vieira de Mello, a UN representative and secretary General for Iraq.

Sergio Vieira de Mello was Brazilian who served 30 years in the UN and saved many victims in need. He was courageous, intellectual and dynamic, befit to be a leader. After Sergio Vieira de Mello death his family and friends created a foundation called Sergio Vieira de Mello foundation to continue his cause. They help people, promote peace and support humanitarians all over the world. World Humanitarian Day was observed for the first time on 19 August 2009.

Did You Know

  • In 2019, 483 aid workers were attacked: 125 killed, 234 wounded and 124 kidnapped during a total of 277 separate incidents.
  • Most of the attacks occurred in Syria, followed by South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Central African Republic (CAR), Yemen and Mali.
  • WHO reported 1,009 attacks against healthcare workers and facilities, resulting in 199 deaths and 628 injuries.
  • Worldwide attacks, 90% of all were on national staff.


A global campaign that celebrates humanitarians – a “thank you” to the people that have committed their lives to help others
On August 19, the eleventh year that marked World Humanitarian Day 2020, pays special tribute to the real-life heroes who have committed their lives to help others within the most extreme circumstances throughout the planet.

The campaign focuses on what drives humanitarians to still save and protect lives despite conflict, insecurity, lack of access and risks linked to COVID-19.

Strategic priorities of the worldwide Humanitarian Response decide to COVID-19

Around three strategic priorities, the Global HRP is articulated:
* Contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce morbidity and mortality.
* Decrease the deterioration of human assets and rights, social cohesion and livelihoods.
* Protect, assist and advocate for refugees, internally displaced people, migrants and host communities particularly susceptible to the pandemic.

Humanitarians are the primary and survival help for many. They deserve all the respect and gratitude for their service to humanity. On this occasion, we from Himalai want to salute all the Humanitarians for their assistance and sacrifices.