In 2018, the United Nations decreed this day to commemorate a terrorist attack in Baghdad, Iraq. It took place on the 19th of August in 2003, against the headquarters of this emblematic organisation.
Over 22 people were killed during this attack, including UN member and diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello. This Brazilian activist dedicated himself to humanitarian work for more than 34 years. As a tribute, his country awarded him a medal for leaving a great legacy of defending peace and the most vulnerable people on the planet.
World Humanitarian Assistance Day is celebrated on the 19th of August. The main objective is to pay tribute to all health professionals and humanitarian workers—people who continue to do an amazing job for the well-being of millions of people around the world—as well for all those who have been killed performing their duties.
Humanitarian workers during the pandemic
Humanitarian workers worldwide have become true heroes in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic.
This year, the campaign to celebrate World Humanitarian Day is much more vigorous because of the latest challenges in the face of an unprecedented health crisis that has claimed the lives of thousands of people.
The situation is further exacerbated due to restrictions and confinement as a necessary measure to combat the high virality of the pandemic. However, humanitarian assistance has not stopped, remaining in the hands of local NGOs, civil society, and local communities.
Here at IWORDS Global we believe in this day and we want to highlight that the vocation to help and love others despite difficulties is the flame that keeps many people alive around the world.