August 19: Africa joins rest of world in commemorating World Humanitarian Day


Africa joins the rest of the world in coming together today to commemorate the World Humanitarian Day, a day set aside to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers who work on the frontline of crises across the world to help others.

Every day, humanitarian aid workers risk their lives on the frontlines of wars and disasters, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to those in need of help.

The World Humanitarian Say recognizes these people who champion for human action across the whole world.

As the world celebrates the day, the United Nations is calling for global solidarity with the more than 130 million people who need humanitarian assistance to survive.

This year’s theme is ‘One Humanity’, aimed at highlighting how the world came together in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Crisis earlier this year and made commitments to support people affected by crises.

“World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

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