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It takes a village to raise a child

After 22 people, including UN Special Representative for Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello, were killed in a bombing at the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq on August 19, 2003, the United Nations General Assembly declared that date annually as World Humanitarian Day.

A tribute is paid on this day to those who have given their time and put their lives in danger in order to assist and support people in different parts of the world, just as the day places an emphasis on regular citizens who put their lives in danger in order to assist people in areas that are experiencing natural disasters or epidemics.

Humanitarian workers in war and other disaster zones frequently pay the ultimate price, when helping others.

A report from the United Nations states that in 2021, there were 460 attacks on aid workers, of which 140 were killed, 203 were injured, and another 177 were kidnapped.

According to the estimates provided in the reports, there are over 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance all over the world, with 12.1 million people living in extreme poverty.

This year calls for the collective to advocate for the health and safety of those who work in the humanitarian sector.

Therefore, it is absolutely necessary for world leaders and other stakeholders to make certain that international law provides humanitarian workers with adequate protection from harm.

They should be able to work without fear, and others should be encouraged to serve humanity, so the government should work to create a secure and conducive environment for them.

It is not out of place to involve security agencies in order to ensure their safety.

Additionally, world leaders should take sustainable measures to protect civilians who are caught in the middle of armed conflicts.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s celebration, “it takes a village to raise a child,” another possibility is to offer one’s time as a volunteer to help those who are engaged in humanitarian aid or to provide assistance to the needy and the disadvantaged.

From the African saying; “it takes a village to raise a child”; expresses the idea that children need the support of their entire community in order to thrive.

Writing by Hadiza AbdulRahman; Editing by Saadatu Albashir