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World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is celebrated every year on 19 August. The day is recognized globally to pay tribute and homage to the brave hearts who leave no stone unturned to come forward and work towards a humanitarian cause.

On 19 August 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 22 humanitarian aid workers, including the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Five years later, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

Humanitarian aid workers provide life-saving assistance to suffering people all over the world. Those workers who live in conflict zones or areas devastated by natural disasters are especially vulnerable. Anyone and everyone can be a humanitarian, so read on to learn more about the day and how you can help. Each year, the United Nations observes World Humanitarian Day with a theme.

The theme brings together all the people from across the humanitarian ecosystem to improve and raise awareness for the survival, well-being, and dignity of people affected by crises and for the safety of humanitarian workers.

The 'Theme' of World Humanitarian Day 2022. According to the United Nations, the theme for this year is 'to show the importance, effectiveness, and positive impact of humanitarian work'. The concept of WHD is based on a famous saying, "It takes a village to raise a child."

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