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World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on August 19 each year to honor aid workers who risk their lives to save lives in some of the most dangerous regions around the world.
This World Humanitarian Day marks 10 years since the bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, that killed 22 people and injured dozens more. In the decade since this tragic event, the number of aid workers who have been killed, wounded, injured, or kidnapped has increased dramatically. Yet in high-risk countries, especially those where the vast majority of attacks occur, aid workers-both international and national-continue to respond tirelessly to crises that are growing in complexity and magnitude.
It's estimated that more than 28 million people globally are currently displaced within their own countries by conflict and violence-the highest figure ever recorded-highlighting the need for continued and augmented action by governments, the private sector, international partners, and individuals who wish to make a difference.
This year's U.N. World Humanitarian Day campaign, "The World Needs More," aims to inspire people to turn words into action in order to raise awareness of humanitarian needs around the world. It's a global movement to mobilize critical resources for the millions affected by disasters, harnessing the goodwill and humanitarian spirit that inspires aid workers every day.
Show your support for World Humanitarian Day by visiting www.worldhumanitarianday.org to join this global movement.
Last updated: August 16, 2013