World Humanitarian Day highlights dedication to serve #NoMatterWhat

The grim forecast comes forward of World Humanitarian Day, commemorated yearly on 19 August.

For the reason that begin of the yr, 62 support staff have been killed, 84 have been wounded and 34 kidnapped, the UN stated, citing provisional knowledge from the impartial analysis group Humanitarian Outcomes.  Final yr, the dying toll reached 116.

Underneath assault

South Sudan stays probably the most harmful place to be a humanitarian. Forty assaults and 22 fatalities have been reported there as of 16 August.

Sudan is a detailed second, with 17 assaults and 19 fatalities to this point, surpassing numbers not seen for the reason that top of the Darfur battle between 2006 and 2009.

Different support employee casualties have been recorded within the Central African Republic, Mali, Somalia and Ukraine. Final yr, 444 support staff have been attacked whereas 460 have been attacked in 2021, leading to 141 deaths.

A sombre anniversary 

This yr’s commemoration of World Humanitarian Day additionally marks 20 years for the reason that suicide bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. 

Twenty-two employees have been killed within the assault, amongst them Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights and head of the UN Mission within the nation.  Greater than 150 native and worldwide support staff have been injured.

“World Humanitarian Day and the Canal Lodge bombing will all the time be an event of combined and nonetheless uncooked feelings for me and lots of others,” stated the UN’s humanitarian chief, Martin Griffiths.

“Yearly, practically six instances extra support staff are killed within the line of responsibility than have been killed on that darkish day in Baghdad, and they’re overwhelmingly native support staff. Impunity for these crimes is a scar on our collective conscience,” he added.

#NoMatterWhat marketing campaign

The UN and its humanitarian companions intention to assist virtually 250 million folks in crises all over the world this yr, or 10 instances greater than in 2003. 

Efforts have grown however so have the risks they face, together with rising geopolitical tensions, blatant disregard of worldwide humanitarian legislation, deliberate assaults and widespread disinformation.

Via the #NoMatterWhat marketing campaign, humanitarians are underlining their dedication to ship support regardless of the challenges.

The marketing campaign highlights how they will proceed to help communities in want – regardless of who, regardless of the place, and #NoMatterWhat.

It’s being organized by the UN Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 


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