World Humanitarian Day was created on August 19, 2003 in honor of 22 humanitarian aid workers that were killed during a bombing at the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. August 19 is an important day to honor and remember all men and women that have given their lives to help another.
The life of an aid worker is very complicated and many people may not be aware of the risks that aid workers take to provide aid and care to our global community. The world has become more dangerous, and with a more dangerous world comes more risk of danger for our aid workers. In 2013, 460 aid workers were killed or kidnapped in 30 countries around the world.
I encourage everyone to have a moment of silence and reflection today to honor our selfless world citizens who have lost their lives or have been harmed while answering the call to be of service to individuals in need.
Thank you to all those that provide aid and assistance, without you our world would be a much darker place.
"Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back." ---- Diana, Princess of Wales