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World Humanitarian Day

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Summary

On August the 19th, IEDA Relief Niger celebrated the World Humanitarian Day along with United Nations OCHA, UNICEF Niger, OXFAM AU NIGER, CARE (relief agency), Save the Children, and Plan Niger among others.World Humanitarian Day falls on 19 August, the day when, in 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. It’s a day to pay tribute to all people affected by humanitarian crises and those who lost their lives in humanitarian service. It’s a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.

Context

Unfortunately, year after year, the number of people affected by conflict keeps rising. Natural catastrophes and epidemics have continued to occur. According to OCHA, this year the United Nations and its partners are looking into delivering humanitarian assistance to 79 million people in 37 different countries. This is almost double compared to ten years ago.

According to a speech delivered by Mme Mbaranga Gasarabwe, Humanitarian Coordinator in Mali during her opening speech at the celebration in Bamako, “One in eight people is chronically under-fed. It is estimated that around 60 million people are displaced due to natural catastrophes and other types of violence. In 2014 alone, 46 conflicts were taking place in the world, and civilians are the ones who pay the price for the violence.”

The Humanitarian Coordinator also underlined that in order to conquer these challenges, humanitarian organisations, Governments and development partners need to double their efforts in order to increase the synergy of our actions and that it is essential that in order to save lives, we make the link between humanitarian and development.

The full report can be downloaded in English.

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