19 August 2012

On World Humanitarian Day, we're calling on all parties in conflicts around the world to allow humanitarian workers safe access to reach children and women in need. 

Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world, regardless of who they are and where they are. World Humanitarian Day is a global recognition of people helping people. 

But humanitarian work is becoming increasingly dangerous for those who perform it. We've seen a substantial rise in violent attacks against humanitarian workers over the past decade. From January 2011 to present, 112 aid workers were killed in incidents of violence. 

 
In southern Somalia, a health worker measures a young girl’s arm to see if she's malnourished. For over two decades, conflict has limited residents' access to humanitarian aid and basic services, including healthcare. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0663/Kate Holt
In southern Somalia, a health worker measures a young girl’s arm to see if she's malnourished. For over two decades, conflict has limited residents' access to humanitarian aid and basic services, including healthcare.© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0663/Kate Holt

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