World Humanitarian Day

whd-2013Today, August 19, is World Humanitarian Day. This day is designated by the United Nations to recognize and honor aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Humanitarians carry out often dangerous work in unstable regions around the world every day, and it is a job or calling that can take your life in exchange for selfless service.

While the UN is facing a lot of scrutiny for the debacle of UN forces bringing cholera to Haiti after the earthquake, which has also cost the lives of so many, the positive work of the organization should not be lost.

This August 19 is a decade since the date when UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq was bombed, claiming 22 lives of people trying to make the world a better, safer place. This day also commemorates the spirit of those willing to give of themselves in service to others, and this year’s theme is: THE WORLD NEEDS MORE… letting you fill in the blank with your thoughts–and your volunteer time and efforts, too.

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