Humanitarian Heroes


August 19, 2014

What is a Humanitarian?

It has been a tough few months in the world, with crises stretching resources and emotions to their limits. Syria, Iraq, the Central African Republic, the most recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ukraine, South Sudan and right here at home. It can feel hard to find reasons to celebrate.

However, today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to honor aid workers. It feels especially important right now for all of us to take a moment to be inspired. As we acknowledge those who step up and give of themselves in the spirit of humanitarian work, we also commemorate those who have paid the ultimate price for their efforts, including the 22 aid workers who were killed on August 19, 2003, in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad.

Humanitarian Heroes


Photo: Nimco Nura Eid, World Vision Gender Officer based in Somalia. “I find joy in supporting women who have lost hope.”

The world spotlight is shining on our Humanitarian Heroes, many of who put themselves in harm’s way to bring help, support and aid to people in need. Humanitarian Heroes are all around us, working tirelessly with a strong commitment to make a difference for good in the world. They often face great risks while providing life-saving relief efforts to countless individuals and communities.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon suggests “Let us honor the fallen by protecting those who carry on their work, and supporting humanitarian relief operations worldwide.”

How can you help? Sign up to become a Messenger of Humanity. By sharing information about the humanitarian campaigns that move you, you will join an online community working together to continue the work of these #HumanitarianHeroes and join a force to inspire change and peace.

Take Action Challenge

Get involved TODAY by becoming a Messenger of Humanity! Use your voice, online and otherwise, to let your friends know you honor #HumanitarianHeroes. You’ll help those aid workers deliver assistance to the many in the world who need help now.


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