World Humanitarian Day in 2015

Millions of people around world need urgent humanitarian aid just to survive

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

World Humanitarian Day is held on August of 19 each year to pay tribute to all the humanitarians who work to help others and to enhance efforts to provide emergency aid to global victims of crises.

It also seeks to increase public awareness about relief work worldwide and the importance of international cooperation.

Several  communities and organizations try to highlight the importance of humanitarians by giving out information material. Media is also highly used to help to spread the key messages of World Humanitarian Day, while public events that provide humanitarian work are organised worldwide.

However, ongoing crises around the world simply tell us that there is still a lot to do.

Poor and vulnerable people are always the ones to suffer the most in this dangerous world.

About 211 million people are directly affected each year by natural disasters and the number has steadily risen over the last decade. Women and children are the main victims.

The need for humanitarians increases substantially each year with the emergence of new and difficult hardships that require more funding and humanitarian work. Increasing economic crises and global challenges such as poverty and global health problems are also a big factor.

The first half of 2015 has witnessed a series of tragic events.

In particular, Syrian civil war and large numbers of people migrating out of Northern Iraq have elevated the number of refugees and displaced people enormously. The suffering that these people have experienced is unimaginable.

Currently, there are more than 60 million people who have been forced to leave their homes around the world – the largest number that United Nations has ever recorded.

In July, the number of refugees from Syria alone grew to over 4 million.

There is a serious need for humanitarian aid due to the civil war in South Sudan, the devastating earthquake in Nepal, ongoing  flooding in Southeast Asia, and droughts in Haiti.

In a more humane world, every woman, man and child struggling to survive would immediately receive the help and protection they need.

The World Humanitarian Day reminds us of the tens of millions of people struggling through crises to survive and also of our ethical duties as human beings.

The World Humanitarian Summit was initiated by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, for a renewed commitment to humanitarian action.

The next summit will be held in Istanbul.

Heads of state and government, global leaders in business, NGOs and people affected by crises will attend to propose new ways to meet the great challenges of today and those of the coming years.

TRTWorld and agencies