World Humanitarian Day: When the World Calls for Help Everyday
By admin August 19, 2016

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Today marks World Humanitarian Day, an annual reminder of the need to mobilize action to mitigate suffering throughout the world. This day is designated by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and also marks the day for remembering Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 of his colleagues who were killed in the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad.

Humanitarian aid workers are fighting against humanitarian issues in the most peaceful way everyday in the hopes of making our lives better through helping those in danger and needs, even if it is a threat to their own lives. According to the Aid Worker Security Report, there has been a gradual increase in the number of aid worker themselves being victims – peaking in its number in 2013. Although the number of victims since 2013 has been decreasing, the number of incidents have not, and are undeniably higher than what it was five-years ago. The majority of aid worker victims are from national NGOs and Red Cross/Crescent societies who are working to implement international aid for their own countries.

What is worse, according to the trend report by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), is that even though the number of battle-related deaths remains steady in certain level by 2011, the number of attacks against aid workers have tripled in its number. Scholars and practitioners assume that the reason of the recent trends is that humanitarian aid organizations push to work more extensively in remote field settings, do more sophisticated work, and undertake a much wider variety of development and peacebuilding tasks than just a decade ago. As the humanitarian aids widens, according to Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2015, global humanitarian aid spending has increased over 400 percent since 2000, to USD $25 billion today.

Humanitarian aid workers are the ones who work the hardest risking their lives on the very front line. Everyday the world calls for help consistently and their lives are put at risk continuously. It was only a few days ago that there was a massive airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF)-affiliated hospital in Yemen, which resulted in 14-deaths, including one aid worker. Hundreds of aid workers, along with tens of thousands of innocent people are losing their lives to rights the wrongs caused by war, terrorism and inequality. In order to mark World Humanitarian Day, we should be aware of the importance of those in the humanitarian frontline, and must not lessen their services to bring peace in our world.

For more information:

United Nations: World Humanitarian Day

The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD)

Understanding Attacks on Humanitarian Aid Workers

Airstrike hits Yemen hospital, kills 14, aid group says

Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2015

The State of the Humanitarian System 2015 Edition

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