UNICEF Representative inspired by helping

A Somali woman hands her severely malnourished child to a medical officer of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),

World Humanitarian Day was observed on August 19th.

It commemorates the day in August 2003 that a suicide truck bomb exploded at the United Nations offices in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 22 UN staff, including the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

It was the first time in the history of humanitarian work that such a bomb was used to attack UN civilian offices.

The killing and maiming of innocent civilians not only in Iraq but in other conflict zones around the world, continues unabated.

Ms. Pierrette Vu Thi, the Representative of UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has worked with UNICEF in the Congo, North Korea and Myanmar.

In the following interview, she tells Patrick Maigua why protecting the most vulnerable – women, children and the elderly – is important and why she is still carrying out humanitarian work in dangerous places.

Duration: 2’47″

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