We celebrate joys, achievements, milestones and what not. But we often tend to forget to celebrate the contributions made by some souls, for whom taking care of humanity is above anything else, sometimes even at the cost of their own lives. While we have soldiers laying down their lives for their country, there are people around the globe who are making significant contributions and unparalleled sacrifices so that people across borders, in fact around the globe, might live a better and more comfortable life.
So, who are these people? They are humanitarians. They live amongst us and silently continue their good work, helping those who need it.
Do we celebrate the humanitarians? Yes, there is actually a day to celebrate all the humanitarians working tirelessly around the globe. 19th August is celebrated every year as World Humanitarian Day.
Why this date, though?
Well, it marks the death anniversary of Sérgio Vieira de Mello. Not many know about this humanitarian but, he was the United Nations Special Representative for Iraq, a duty which he was asked fulfill because of his recognition as a humanitarian. However while he was trying to work for the betterment of the common people of Iraq, a bombing attack at the Canal Hotel in 2003, took his life along with twenty others who were working as a part of his team.
The contributions of de Mello are too many pen down, but he had worked for the welfare of many countries, dealing with issues of urgency like repatriation, crisis of refugees, just to name a few. His death was a day of global mourning.
There are many people like him who work day and night to make this world a better place to live in – away from the war cries and bloodshed.
So, this World Humanitarian Day, let’s celebrate the contributions of those who want to “heal the world”.