World Humanitarian Day

Sureka Khandagle led the 2019 USAID Mozambique Cyclone Disaster Assistance Response Team after two cyclones made landfall within five weeks of each other.   Photo Credit: Annie Leverich, USAID
Sureka Khandagle led the 2019 USAID Mozambique Cyclone Disaster Assistance Response Team after two cyclones made landfall within five weeks of each other.
Photo Credit: Annie Leverich, USAID

 

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

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 UN and relief agency staff in a Baghdad bombing 16 years ago, each year we honor the brave women and men who risk everything to help people in need.

Saving lives is getting harder to do as crises and conflicts grow in complexity, strain scarce resources, and put aid workers in grave danger. Nearly 132 million people are in need across 42 countries, and more than 68 million people have been forcibly displaced by conflict and insecurity—the highest figure ever recorded. The violence that is driving many of these crises—including deliberate attacks on civilians and relief workers—is making it more dangerous to deliver assistance. In 2018, at least 405 aid workers were killed, injured, or kidnapped.

The United States has a long and distinguished history of helping people in need. Earlier this year, a record six USAID Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs) were simultaneously deployed to respond to cyclones in Mozambique, the second largest Ebola outbreak in history, and ongoing crises in Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela. Around the world, our disaster teams and our humanitarian partners are providing lifesaving food assistance, safe drinking water, shelter, medical care, critical relief supplies, and protection for vulnerable groups

 

Blog

This World Humanitarian Day, we'd like to introduce you to some of USAID's own dedicated humanitarians.

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This World Humanitarian Day meet the superheroes who lead USAID food crisis responses around the world.

Video

For World Humanitarian Day, hear what USAID disaster experts had to say when asked: Why are you a humanitarian?
            

Last updated: August 16, 2019

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