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World Humanitarian Day: Civilians Are Not A Target


August 18, 2017, New York – On World Humanitarian Day, the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs stands with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the broader humanitarian community to denounce attacks against civilians and health and humanitarians workers in conflict – a rising and disastrous trend around the world.

According to the UN, “Over the past 20 years, 4,132 aid workers have been attacked. In 2016, 91 aid workers were killed, 88 were injured and 73 were kidnapped in the line of duty. The majority of these attacks took place in five countries: South Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Somalia.

Attacks against aid workers are deplorable and represent clear violations of international humanitarian law. In addition to endangering aid workers, these attacks threaten humanitarian operations and the lives of millions of people who rely on humanitarian assistance for their survival.”

Join us in calling on world leaders to protect civilians and those offering lifesaving assistance by joining the #NotATarget campaign. You can show your support by engaging in the conversation on social media, signing the World Humanitarian Day Petition, and reading the toolkit to learn more.



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Alumni Update: Rahul Singh (IDHA 40, MIHA)

Rahul Singh (IDHA 40, MIHA) is Director of GlobalMedic, a disaster relief organization based out of Canada. GlobalMedic is running numerous relief operations around the world in response to: Iraq’s IDP crisis (watch a video of the project here), Cyclone Hudhud in India, the Kashmir Floods, the Ebola Crisis, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (watch their efforts to provide shelter here). GlobalMedic is also currently mapping out areas in Dolores and Oras in the Philippines at the request of UNOCHA and local government officials using an innovative Canadian made technology which will help to facilitate the efficient flow of aid by highlighting landslides, blocked roads, flooded areas, etc. Soon the mission will switch to gather comprehensive assessment data of damaged shelters. All of this information is being shared with local government, UNOCHA and responding agencies. Other members from GlobalMedic’s Rapid Response Team are distributing water purification tablets, hygiene kits, and undertaking rapid needs assessments.

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