Secretary Clinton Honors Sacrifice of Aid Workers on World Humanitarian Day

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August 19, 2011
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On this third annual World Humanitarian Day, the United States joins the international community in honoring the courage and commitment of aid workers around the world. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released a statement in recognition of this day. Secretary Clinton said:

"In situations of conflict and instability around the world, humanitarians stand up against violence, human suffering and indifference. On this World Humanitarian Day, we honor their sacrifice. Whether by defending their own neighbors, or helping to save lives in distant countries in conflict, the work of humanitarians is an essential component to promoting peace and stability around the world.

"Today in the Horn of Africa humanitarians are helping to distribute food and water to those who are severely malnourished. They are providing healthcare, sanitation, protection, and other services to the millions of people in need, even as al-Shabaab has killed and threatened aid workers. There are also credible reports that al-Shabaab is preventing desperate Somalis from leaving the areas under its control. Nonetheless, hundreds of thousands of Somalis have managed to flee to the north or leave the country altogether. That, in turn, severely strains the capacity of humanitarian and aid workers who are fighting to save lives. So I once again urge al-Shabaab to heed the calls not only of the international community, but the cries of its own people, to allow the secure delivery of relief to all those who are affected.

"These efforts are a reminder of the impact of our work. But more than that, they reflect America's highest ideals and aspirations. Humanitarian assistance is one of our core values, and the American people have shown time and again that we will give to help people in dire circumstances. The United States has led the world in overseas support for humanitarian protection and assistance, and we have provided asylum and refuge for millions of people.

"But we know how much remains to be done. From the Horn of Africa to Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan, aid workers are saving millions of lives. It is our hope that by honoring these humanitarian workers today and every day, we will embolden their efforts and inspire future humanitarians to commit their lives to helping others."

You can also read the Secretary's statement here.



August 19, 2011

Maria in the Netherlands writes:

I find it great that you give a complament to the aid workers. But that doesnt combine for me with the legaly allowing guns in your country by everyone. You say you leed in oversees humanitarian protection and assistance. Start being the leader in oversees stopping violance, stop the legal guns and start talking instead uf shooting and dropping boms al over the world.

You want to be al leading country in the world? What example do we give our kids in how to deal with issues, arguments disagreaments? (no matter how big or littel)

I do not find it strange that things like shooting at columbine high happens.

Each country has badly enough his own columbine high. Start by talking and find the togetherness instead of looking at the differences in others.

There to start the solution.
Texas, USA
August 20, 2011

HOUmanitarian in Texas writes:

Could you provide some explanation/context to understand the green color on the US, UK, France and Sweden? These western democracies I don't think as having people in peril, but perhaps you are including the fact that they have taken in refugees?

Christina P.
August 20, 2011

Christina Dian P. in Australia writes:

The theme of World Humanitarian Day 2011 is "People Helping People."


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