We live in a war-torn, natural-disaster prone world forcing millions of people across the globe out of their homes, leaving them stranded with no food or shelter, and in desperate need of humanitarian aid in order to survive. To raise awareness about the situation and about their various initiatives combatting it, the United Nations and European Union have joined forces and launched World Humanitarian Day.
World Humanitarian Day is celebrated annually on August 19th in the memory of the aid workers that lost their lives in the UN headquarter’s bombings in Baghdad — it’s a day to celebrate the world’s unsung heroes, braving kidnapping, killing and attacks in a world where 80% of humanitarian aid is delivered to civilians in areas torn apart by conflict.
It’s a dire situation but there are many ways that you can help:
Raise awareness using the #ShareHumanity hashtag
Whether you contribute to the hashtag or just click through, it’s intended to spotlight the stories of the people living though some of today’s greatest humanitarian crises, creating a sense of unison and courage in the face of disaster — underlining the fact that we’re all humans at the end of the day.
Cairo Runners – one of the country’s leading sports initiatives — is getting involved, using their popularity to urge their followers to ‘become Messengers for Humanity’. They’ve been encouraging their followers to dedicate their social media platforms to sharing stories about aid workers in a bid to raise awareness about the issues happening in various countries.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been helping Syrian refugees and asylum-seekers find shelter in Egypt ever since the civil war broke out. For more information on how you can help, visit their website.
The Doctors Syndicate in Egypt
Masr El3ata2 is a division in the Doctors Syndicate that has been helping refugees and Egyptians in various governorates of Egypt – offering medical assistance and other necessary provisions. Visit their website for more details about how they’ve been aiding those in need and for information on how to help.
The Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC)
The Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) — in cooperation with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) — has started offering humanitarian assistance to Yemenis in Egypt in the form of distributing coupons for both food and non-foods items alike. Within two days of distribution, more than 200 families received coupons, with a special focus on families with members suffering from chronic diseases. For more info, check their website.
Egypt has its fair share of humanitarian issues, so yalla! Speak up, share a story, make a difference.