World Humanitarian Day

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2024 Date19 August 2024
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World Humanitarian Day

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World Humanitarian Day History

World Humanitarian Day is observed annually to honor aid workers who put their lives on the line in humanitarian service and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. The history of World Humanitarian Day in Nigeria can be traced back to 2009, when the United Nations General Assembly designated August 19th as World Humanitarian Day in honor of the 22 aid workers who were killed in the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, Iraq.

In Nigeria, World Humanitarian Day is commemorated to recognize the efforts of humanitarian workers who have made significant contributions to alleviating the sufferings of vulnerable individuals and communities affected by conflicts, natural disasters, and humanitarian crises. It is also a day where the Nigerian government and other partners showcase their commitment to addressing humanitarian challenges in the country.

In Nigeria, the day is marked with several activities aimed at raising awareness about the importance of humanitarian work and recognizing the contributions of aid workers. These activities include workshops, seminars, and media campaigns to highlight the needs and rights of vulnerable populations in Nigeria. World Humanitarian Day is observed annually on August 19th.

World Humanitarian Day facts

  • Despite all the money and aid that is being given for humanitarian relief, it is still estimated that one-third of all global humanitarian needs are not being met.
  • Over 2 billion people, or around 30% of the global population, lack access to adequate sanitation facilities, according to the World Health Organization.
  • The United Nations Development Programme reports that nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 per day, with the majority residing in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia.
  • As of early 2021, it was estimated that over 2.9 million people were internally displaced within the country due to violence and conflict.
  • The northeast region of Nigeria has been dealing with an ongoing humanitarian crisis due to the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009. Humanitarian workers operating in this region provide essential support to communities affected by violence, displacement, and food insecurity.

Top things to do in Nigeria for World Humanitarian Day

  • Donate to MedShare International. It recycles surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals and clinics and redistributes them to healthcare facilities in nations in need. MedShare is rated as one of the best and most efficient charitable organizations in the world.
  • Join a local or international humanitarian work project. Try raising money for a cause or volunteering for organizations that work with children, refugees, or the old and sick.
  • Visit the Nigerian National Museum located in Lagos. This museum contains various cultural artifacts and historical exhibits from Nigeria's rich history.
  • Join or organize volunteering activities in your local community, such as food or clothing drives, clean-up initiatives, or blood donation campaigns.

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