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Civilians are #NotATarget, the United Nations (UN) reminds us during this year’s World Humanitarian Day. Held every 19 August, it’s an opportunity to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. And to celebrate the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service to help them.
The pain of armed conflict filters through every element of the life of someone trying to survive in a conflict zone. It’s a struggle to find food, water, and safe shelter. Schools are destroyed. People flee their homes. Women are abused and humiliated. World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to call on governments to do better, and do more, to support these people.
And it’s not just civilians who feel the pain of loss and danger in their everyday lives. Aid workers are also in the firing line. World Humanitarian Day is held in August to commemorate the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 members of aid and development teams.
Every day humanitarian workers are directly targeted, threatened, and prevented from getting access and support to the communities that need them the most. All civilians caught in conflict need to be protected. And so do those that put their own lives on the line to make the world better, healthier, less desperate, for others.