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."
Today on #WorldHumanitarianDay, we recognize the commitment and dedication of humanitarian aid workers who risk everything to serve those in need, and we honor those who have lost their lives to protect the world’s most vulnerable people. #WHD2018— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 19, 2018
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:
Today is #WorldHumanitarianDay – a day we honor & commend brave humanitarian aid workers who put their lives at risk every day to deliver life-saving help to those in need. To aid workers around the world: Thank you for your service. #WHD2018 pic.twitter.com/VJsD9iTpUQ— StateDeptPRM (@StatePRM) August 19, 2018
When disasters occur USAID & partners are ready to respond. See stunning photos of where we help save lives. https://t.co/1g9FzyiCA3 #WHD #WorldHumanitarianDay #USAIDTransforms pic.twitter.com/HOMBS10pDB— USAID (@USAID) August 18, 2018
For #WorldHumanitarianDay we thank @StateDeptPM’s partners who've provided >$3.2 billion in aid since 1993 in >100 countries for conventional weapons destruction + landmine & UXO clearance: @TheHALOTrust, @MAGsaveslives, Janus Global, @UNMAS, @MarshallLegacy, and many others. pic.twitter.com/fgePa2DlAo— Political-Military Affairs, US Dept of State (@StateDeptPM) August 17, 2018
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.