USAID Fact Sheet on World Humanitarian Day

Humanitarian3World Humanitarian Day is celebrated every year on August 19 to honor aid workers who risk their lives to save lives in some of the most dangerous regions around the world. It’s not only an opportunity to remember the sacrifice of the brave men and women who died serving others, it’s also a time to celebrate the commitment and passion that live on in the people who continue to help the millions affected by disasters around the world.

This August 19 marks 10 years since the bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, that killed 22 people and injured dozens more. Since this tragic event, growing insecurity has continued to place aid workers in danger.

World Humanitarian Day 2013 Fact Sheet (PDF 517 KB)