Over one billion messages shared on World Humanitarian Day

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World Humanitarian Day this year has made social media history by sharing more than one billion messages of hope encouraging people to do something good for someone else.

That's according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The day is marked to raise awareness of humanitarian action and recognize people who risk their lives to help people in need around the world.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez reports.

A campaign launched by OCHA on the 2nd of August, asked people around the world to help another person on World Humanitarian Day observed on 19 August.

The campaign got a boost with the involvement of American music superstar, Beyoncé who released the "I Was Here" music video on the eve of the day.

At 9 a.m. on 19 August over one billion messages were shared at the same time saying "This World Humanitarian Day I'm doing something good, somewhere, for someone. Join Me!"

On that day in 2003, 22 United Nations staff members were killed in a bomb attack on the organization's offices in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.

Beng Poblete-Enriquez, United Nations”

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