Celebrating World Humanitarian Day

This past Sunday, the UN and the world marked the annual World Humanitarian Day. The aim was to recognize the people who put their lives in danger in order to help others. August 19 is also the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed 22 UN staff.

“This year’s World Humanitarian Day presents an historic opportunity to bring together one billion people from around the world to advance a powerful and proactive idea: People Helping People. That is the best way to honour the many fallen aid workers we mourn today, and to celebrate the efforts of others who carry on their noble mission by rushing assistance to those who are suffering,” said Secretary General Ban ki-Moon.

The theme for this year’s day is “I Was Here.” Singer Beyonce is leading the way to raise her voice in support of humanitarians. People around the world participated in a  social media thunderclap to will celebrate the work of humanitarians around the world.

Also, check out Beyonce and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos talk about World Humanitarian Day with Anderson Cooper.