As-Salam-o-Alaikum Respected Readers,
Today, August 19, is World Humanitarian Day. WHO and other international bodies are highlighting the roles performed by humanitarian workers, and remembering aid workers who have been killed or injured while performing their vital roles.
August 19 was declared as World Humanitarian Day by the UN General Assembly in 2008 to honour Sergio Vieira de Mello, a humanitarian worker. De Mello and 21 others had lost their lives during a bomb blast at a hotel in Baghdad in 2003.
Natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies threaten the lives and health of millions of people every year. In the middle of such crises, thousands of dedicated humanitarian workers strive to care for those who have been affected and support local authorities to deliver assistance. There is never a year without humanitarian crises. And wherever there are people in need, there are people who help them – men and women coming together to ease suffering and bring hope.
Pakistan is also facing one more natural disaster where thousands of people are stranded in the lower districts of Sindh, where rains have triggered devastating floods. We, Pakistanis, have to stand up and do our best to join hands with humanitarian workers and support (our cause) to help humanity.
To Our Prosperity & Strength,
Faisal Javed Mir