#ShareHumanity campaign reaches more than half a billion on social media

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#ShareHumanity online campaign was launched on Social Media platforms on Thursday. Image: OCHA

More than half a billion social media feeds have been saturated with real-life stories from survivors of humanitarian crises as part of a digital storytelling campaign launched by the UN last week.

People around the world were asked to donate their social media feeds ahead of World Humanitarian Day, marked annually on 19 August.

According to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, the campaign aims to give a voice to the voiceless.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

During a concert at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, tribute was paid to the 120 humanitarian aid workers who lost their lives in 2014.

The UN estimates that more than 100 million people worldwide need urgent life-saving aid.

The #ShareHumanity campaign, which has so far been supported by more than half a billion people on Facebook and Twitter, aims to promote action.

Users are asked to turn their social media feeds into storytelling platforms to spread awareness of humanitarian crises.

One supporter is international football star Kaká.

"I'm sharing my Twitter profile. Most of  the things are about Nepal. So this campaign is so important and I think it's the moment to share with people what we can do together."

Other celebrity supporters include Australian singer Cody Simpson, Chinese martial artist Jet Li, and British media mogul Richard Branson.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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