World Humanitarian Day 2017
What is World Humanitarian Day all about? And how can YOU get involved?
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is an annual tribute led by the United Nations, held on 19 August (this Saturday) in honour of aid workers. It is especially dedicated to those who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and its primary objective is to generate support (e.g. in the form of donations) for people affected by crises around the world.
You only have to skim through the day’s world news to catch a glimpse of the massive toll war is exacting on so many lives. Communities are being torn apart, families are forced to travel hundreds of miles and find new homes, children are fleeing from chaos that is none of their making, and aid workers are increasingly under threat of being caught up in the violence.
While none of the work Agape does is directly in war zones, we as a humanitarian organisation appreciate the importance of WHD.
The campaign is spearheaded by the UN and follows a report by Secretary-General António Guterres released earlier this year discussing the protection of civilians. In the report he focuses on areas including the importance of international humanitarian and human rights law, protection of civilians, and of civilian infrastructure. Read the report for yourself here and join in the discussion on social media using the hashtag #NotATarget, which highlights the fact that civilians in conflict zones are not and should not be targets.