Statement by Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey on World Humanitarian Day

For Immediate Release

Friday, August 17, 2018
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This Sunday, August 19, marks World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognize aid workers who sacrifice their lives to help people affected by global crises. Since the deaths of 22 staff members from the United Nations and other relief agencies in a Baghdad bombing 15 years ago, each year on this day we honor the brave women and men who risk everything to help people in need. In disaster and conflict zones around the world, attacks on aid workers and civilians are making it more dangerous for humanitarians to deliver assistance. Last year, 313 aid workers were killed, injured, or kidnapped.

USAID's disaster response teams and humanitarian partners put their lives on the line in the world's most dangerous places to provide food, water, shelter, medical care, critical relief supplies, and protection for vulnerable people. As the world's largest humanitarian donor, the United States is proud to support the brave work done by selfless aid workers across the globe as they save lives and alleviate suffering.

On this World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the tremendous service of all of our humanitarian heroes.

Last updated: April 10, 2019

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