Australia, Canada Germany Reiterate Commitment to Humanitarian Assistance — UN Building Search

Henrietta Strickland
August 19, 2017

The World Humanitarian Day is observed annually on August 19, to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and rally support for people affected by crises worldwide.

As the humanitarian workers deliver aid, and medical workers treat the wounded and sick, they are directly targeted, treated as threats, and prevented from bringing relief and care to those in desperate need.

Despite broad efforts, civilians - including medial and humanitarian workers - continue to bear the brunt of intense conflicts around the world.

Militants have looted humanitarian compounds, attacked camps for the displaced and raided health facilities in several hotspots across the country in recent months, forcing many aid agencies to temporarily suspend their work and withdraw staff. "In cities like Juba and Aleppo, housing, markets, schools and vital civilian infrastructure have been destroyed".

"No one is winning these wars".

"In Nigeria, we have had cases of Humanitarian workers being attacked and murdered by insurgents.We must therefore, all join hands and find solution that will ensure that humanitarian workers are protected", she said.

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on Saturday condemned attacks on civilians during crises globally, especially aid workers providing helps to victims of conflicts, saying the attacks were targeted.

The fighting may plunge the country back into a humanitarian crisis 4 years after conflict first erupted, when Muslim Seleka rebels seized power, triggering reprisals by Christian "anti-balaka" militias, the United Nations aid chief said last month.

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) commended the dedication and courage of its colleagues working on the frontlines of hunger, often at great risk to their own personal safety, to ensure that children and their families have enough to eat.

"Central African Republic is without doubt one of the most unsafe countries for aid workers", said Joseph Inganji, OCHA's country director.

"Increasingly, those involved in the conflicts in these areas are targeting aid workers", he added.

"We wish to confirm our commitment to support humanitarian operations in northeast Nigeria, and reaffirm our determination to continue to work closely with the government of Nigeria, the United Nations and other worldwide aid agencies to assist and protect the most vulnerable in the region", part of the statement read.

On his part, the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon said the best way to deal with the humanitarian crises in Nigeria was to tackle poverty.

"Women are the leaders in their families, communities and societies who drive effective responses to crisis".

"Let the world know, "civilians are not a target".

Maihaja noted that humanitarian aid workers had enjoyed legal and global protection, he however pointed out that recent events have seen humanitarian workers being attacked.

Previous year alone, he said, 288 aid workers were targeted in 158 attacks that left 101 dead, 98 wounded, and 89 kidnapped.

"In Iraq, Syria, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and elsewhere, thousands of women and girls urgently need protection, support and treatment for traumatic sexual violence and abuse". "This is blatantly unacceptable".

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