World Humanitarian Day

LWF staff at Nadapal transit center, Kenya. About 500 arrive each week, fleeing war and famine. 22 June 2017. Foto: LWF/ C: Kästner
LWF staff at Nadapal transit center, Kenya. About 500 arrive each week, fleeing war and famine. 22 June 2017. Foto: LWF/ C: Kästner

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World Humanitarian Day (WHD) celebrates the work of humanitarian workers from all over the world. It commemorates a terrorist attack on the United Nations headquarters on 19 August 2003, which killed 22 people, among them the UN top representative in Iraq. Five years later, 19 August was designated as World Humanitarian Day. On this day every year, the humanitarian community advocates for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) World Service works in 24 countries, reaching 2.6 million people across the world. The majority of the 8,000 staff carry out their work in challenging conditions. Many have been recruited from refugee communities themselves. A large number work in conflict zones. What is common to them all is their dedication to improving the lives of people less fortunate.

Protection of Civilians

Conflicts have made it increasingly difficult in the past years for staff to carry out their work. The shrinking of humanitarian space, which describes the in which aid workers operate, and the targeting of civilians and aid workers by militia has become a grave concern.

World Humanitarian Day focuses on the protection of civilians: Non-combatants in conflict zones, especially women and children, but also volunteers, medical staff and aid workers. In LWF operations, staff have observed how refugees and internally displaced persons have become a target –as well as the LWF aid workers themselves, who often find themselves between the lines.

 

Civilians are #NotATarget

Open to All
All Day
GMT+01:00
19 August 2018

Global

Themes

notatarget
Humanitarian Heroes
humanitarian aid
humanitarian worker security