World Humanitarian Day: celebrating people helping people

A UNHCR aid worker hands a blanket to a young victim of cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar in 2008

An event honouring aid workers who have given their lives to humanitarian service as well as those who continue to brave dangers to help people in need is being commemorated by the United Nations.

World Humanitarian Day marked every year on 19 August, is a celebration of people helping people.

This year's event also aims to draw attention to the severe humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa where 12 million people are in desperate need of aid.

People around the world are being asked to learn more about humanitarian work, and volunteer their time and lend their voice.

Ban Ki-moon is the UN Secretary-General:

"So let us use today, World Humanitarian Day, to examine our own lives. To ask what more we can do to help. To reach out to people facing disaster and hardship. At this time, of course, our eyes and hearts are fixed on the people of the Horn of Africa. Famine has spread. Tens of thousands of people have died. Millions are struggling to survive"

Humanitarian aid workers are being joined by celebrity Ambassadors in the field like Christina Aguilera and David Beckham.

American songwriter and singer, Beyonce has also dedicated a song to World Humanitarian Day.

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On World Humanitarian Day UN pays tribute to aid workers around globe

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