World Humanitarian Day
World humanitarian day 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 war crisis, natural disasters, famine and refugees before government provides a long lasting one. Many are victims in hostile environment facing sexual abuses, unknown danger, trafficking and forced recruitment. Humanitarians are the life support for these people.
They mainly comprise of Aid workers and medical personals. Their aim is to provide food, shelter and medical facilities till the government help arrives. Their main agenda is to save people and reduce their sufferings. They risk their life 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 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 Activities
The UN General Assembly as a resolution, declared 19th August annually as ‘World Humanitarians day’ on 2008. Since then August 19th is celebrated in different theme to recognize the efforts of these relief providers. From 2010 themes like ‘We are Humanitarian workers’, ‘People help people’ and’ I was here’ are many themes that have been supported. ‘I was here’ reached one billion people to promote people helping each other and co-existing
World Humanitarian day 2018 theme is #NotATarget, it is an initiative to tell the world leaders to protect all the civilians who are caught in the armed conflicts. It’s a message saying loud and clear that don’t make us the civilians a target of warfare. It is the notation to defend the people who are caught in the middle. It is a definite cause that needs attention.
In India some events and rallies are organized in schools and colleges but more attention is worth for this cause. 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.