In honor of World Humanitarian Day today (Aug 19) famed DJ David Guetta has partnered with the United Nations to bring attention and pay tribute to Humanitarian Heroes.
Guetta, currently nominated for a MTV VMA award with the VMA’s taking place this weekend, has created a video with a message to bring attention to Humanitarian Workers around the world, along with United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon. In addition, musician and former Child Soldier Emmanuel Jal is working to promote the cause. Jal will be seen in Reese Witherspoon’s next big movie “The Good Lie” which showcases the crises in South Sudan and Emmanuel’s life.
“The world needs more humanitarian heroes” themed events will take place around the world, including commemorations for aid workers killed in service, film screenings, debates held at universities, as well as art exhibits.
You can also join in the efforts by Tweeting your support for #HumanitarianHeroes for #WorldHumanitarianDay and light up the United Nations map with your support for humanitarian workers and their need for safety, because #TheWorldNeedsMore #HumanitarianHeroes.
World Humanitarian Day marks the anniversary of the UN Headquarters bombing in Baghdad in 2003 when 22 people, including UN humanitarian veteran Sergio Vieira de Mello, lost their lives. It is a tribute to aid workers worldwide, a commemoration to those who have lost their lives and a celebration of the spirit of humanitarian work around the world.
Preliminary figures show that as of 15 August 2014, 79 aid workers have been killed this year alone. The months of July and August saw a rise in the level of attacks and incidents involving aid workers including in Gaza and South Sudan.
“One aid worker killed in the line of duty is one too many. Nurses, engineers, logisticians and drivers for example all take great risk doing their work in sometimes extremely dangerous and difficult circumstances. World Humanitarian Day is the day we remember the sacrifices that humanitarian workers make. We also pay tribute to all humanitarians who work to help and support the most vulnerable,” said Valerie Amos, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, attending a memorial service in London for aid workers killed.
As part of the World Humanitarian Day celebration, a new platform to inspire and mobilize action on global emergencies will be launched. The site Messengers of Humanity will build a community of thousands of advocates who will be asked to share content and stories on social networks. The hope is that people will then be inspired to take action.
“Throughout my career so far, I have been working to save lives. As a nurse, I helped patients make it through intensive care. As a humanitarian worker right now, I am supporting people who need healthcare services during the violence. My nature as a human being – as a father, a brother, a son and husband – brought me into the humanitarian world. We need more humanity, and today is a day that reminds me of why I do what I do: to alleviate suffering, and allow people to live in peace,” said Mahmoud Deeb Daher, Head of Office of the World Health Organization in Gaza.
Karl Schembri of Save the Children has worked in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Gaza this year: “The last few months have been extremely intense and painful for me. Tens of thousands of children have been displaced, injured and many have been killed. Over the years, I have had the privilege to meet some of the kindest and most generous people. Their humanity in the face of all sorts of adversity should humble us all. They have opened my eyes and it is my job to make sure their voices are heard.”