Today is World Humanitarian Day. As Secretary Clinton remarked, "Providing humanitarian aid to help rebuild lives is a core commitment of the United States. Relief workers embody the universal truth that we are at our best when we come together to help the most vulnerable among us."
We pay tribute to the day, and to relief workers around the world, with this week's image, which illustrates the international aspect both of humanitarian aid needs and of the partnerships that respond to them. Coming to us from the U.S. Navy, the photo depicts a Senior Airman from the 37th Air Lift Squadron out of Ramstein, Germany, working with a Spanish employee from InterJet at Naval Station Rota, to load a pallet of firefighting equipment onto a C-130 in Spain, on August 12, 2010. The equipment is slated for Russia, to to help control and extinguish wildfires, save lives, homes, infrastructure, and natural resources.
August has seen a number of catastrophic natural disasters, with the flooding in Pakistan causing a particularly acute humanitarian crisis. Today, Secretary Clinton announced a new relief fund. You can contribute by texting “FLOOD” to 27722 from your mobile phone to give $10.