World Humanitarian Day

Today is World Humanitarian Day, and we couldn’t be left out of this celebration. For those who don’t know, the date was created in memory of August 19, 2003, when 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad, including humanitarian worker Sérgio Vieira de Mello.

It’s a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit of people helping people that motivates this work. A month-long campaign is being launched by the United Nations Foundation, and it is entirely inspired on words. They have even created a word marketplace, which will then be converted into actual donations.

I guess in this day and age that image of one working in a developing country, helping building wells and distributing food and fighting diseases no longer represents the full extent of humanitarian assistance. The opportunities to make a positive difference are everywhere, even if it takes only a few words.