World Humanitarian Day honours those who risk to help others

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Thousands of refugees —mainly from Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mali and Chad— receive food rations in the border town of Sallum, Egypt, after fleeing the ongoing crisis in neighbouring Libya. OCHA/David Ohana

The UN is observing World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday to recognize and honour humanitarian workers who are helping millions of people in need in crises around the world.

August 19 coincides with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Iraq which claimed the lives of 22 people, including the top UN envoy in the country, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

The theme for this year's World Humanitarian Day is "The World Needs More…"

Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, spoke to Derrick Mbatha about the importance of the Day.

Duration: 4'44"

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