Recognizing World Humanitarian Day

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In 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook Haiti. Erin deployed as part of USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team.
A member of USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team observes destruction in 2010, after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook Haiti. (USAID Photo)

Recognizing World Humanitarian Day

Each year on August 19, the world recognizes World Humanitarian Day. In a statement, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said, "On this World Humanitarian Day, the United States remains committed to saving lives and we recognize the tremendous service of all humanitarian heroes, including the many brave aid workers and partners on the ground who work tirelessly every day to help people in need."

Each year on this international observance, designated by the UN General Assembly 10 years ago, the international community pays tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and rally support for people affected by crises around the world. The State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration took a moment to highlight the humanitarian work of some of its colleagues and partners:

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development thanked partner organizations and the brave humanitarians who put themselves at risk to help others in need as well as highlighted a few of our own. Here are some highlights: 

For more information about World Humanitarian Day, follow the #WorldHumanitarianDay and #WHD2018 Hashtags on social media.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State's publication on Medium.