Khartoum, August 21, 2022
“It takes a village” “A hand does not clap alone”
There are many ways to describe how it takes not just one person, but a community of people to come together to support those in need. This year’s World Humanitarian Day highlights this fact by commemorating and celebrating aid workers around the world.
Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high in Sudan: 14.3 million people need assistance in 2022. These needs are driven by conflict, political and economic crisis, heightened insecurity, protracted internal displacement, the food insecurity, droughts, floods and disease. epidemics.
Support is needed more than ever and the role of aid workers is essential.
During my visits across Sudan, I have met many hard-working humanitarians, mostly Sudanese, working to support their fellow Sudanese. In an emergency, the first people to react are always the people affected by the crisis. They are joined by local volunteers, emergency services, local and national authorities, NGOs, UN agencies and the Red Cross and Red Crescent, among others. I was impressed by their determination to help those in need. There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing people supporting each other – they are an inspiration to us all and role models for humanity.
As we mark this year’s World Humanitarian Day, we remember those we have lost. In 2021 in Sudan, 19 aid workers were attacked while responding to humanitarian crises – two of them were killed. So far this year, eight aid workers have been attacked and none have been killed.
I also join the Secretary-General in hailing the dedication and courage of humanitarian workers. They indeed represent the best of humanity.
About World Humanitarian Day
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution designating August 19 as World Humanitarian Day. It was to commemorate the 22 aid workers killed in a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, on August 19, 2003, including the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira of Mello.
Every year on August 19, World Humanitarian Day advocates for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, as well as for the safety and security of aid workers.
- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA’s activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.