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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: Boukary Gambo (IDHA 44)

Boukary Gambo (IDHA 44) was the spokesperson for World Vision International at World Humanitarian Day this August 19th in Niger. Following WHD 2015, Boukary posted this photo in his IDHA group with the caption “Proud to be IDHA 44.”

Boukary Gambo

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World Humanitarian Day 2015

August 19th was World Humanitarian Day, which is a time to recognize those who willingly put their lives in danger in order to help others. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. Organizations and agencies around the world hosted events and issued special edition articles and publications to commemorate the day, including tributes to humanitarian aid workers collected by the National Memorial for Aid Workers in the UK. World Humanitarian Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe.

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