Trust is an organisation that is employed to support, closely monitor and work on improving the work of humanitarians. This demands a critical eye and often it is our job to highlight possible faults for the purposes of improving and learning, but on days like today it is also incredibly important to remember the individuals involved in all aspects of humanitarian work who put themselves at risk to help others. World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service.
World Humanitarian Day began in 2008, five years after a terrorist attack hit the UN headquarters in Baghdad where 22 people were killed, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq. After the devastating attack, the humanitarian community looked for ways to pay tribute to their colleagues and advocate for humanitarian causes. In 2008, a resolution was passed designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in order to increase public awareness of humanitarian work worldwide and honour those who have lost their lives doing their job.
Trust Consultancy & Development is intimately aware of the toll that conflict takes on people’s lives. As a Syrian founded company, many of our office-based staff have also fled from the horrors of war. Moreover, as a consultancy with over eighty field researchers in Syria, we are more than aware of the risks in conflict zones.
This year, World Humanitarian Day is campaigning to raise awareness of the civilians who are caught in the crossfire of conflict. #NotATarget will advocate for the most vulnerable in war zones and demand that world leaders do everything in their power to protect civilians in conflict.