This World Humanitarian Day, we continue to recognize the suffering of millons of civilians caught in conflict. People in ctties and towns struggle to find food, water and safe shelter while fighting drives millions from their homes. Schools are destroyed and children recruited and forced to fight. Women are abused and used as tools of war. As humanitarian workers deliver aid, and medical workers help the wounded and sick, they are directly targeted, treated as threats, and prevented from bringing relief and care to those in desperate need.
Today we have to unite to demand that world leaders take action to protect all civilians caught in conflict. Join the #NotATarget movement here.
In 2008 the UN General Assembly designated August 19 as World Humanitarian Day in commemoration of the bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003, when 22 staff members lost their lives.