Record 130 million people depend on aid to survive

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

A record 130 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive, the UN Secretary-General said on World Humanitarian Day (WHD).

The figures are "staggering" yet they only tell part of the story, Ban Ki-moon noted.

Hidden behind the statistics are individuals, families and communities whose lives have been devastated, he said.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Every day, men, women and children affected by crises or disasters face impossible choices, the UN Chief said on Friday.

They are parents who must choose between buying food or medicine for their children; children who must choose between school and work to feed their families; and families who must risk bombing at home or a perilous escape by sea.

Here’s a special message from Ban Ki-moon.

"On this World Humanitarian Day I ask you to remind leaders to keep their promise. Prevent and end conflicts. Uphold global norms. Invest in humanity. Move from delivering aid to ending need. And leave no one behind. Let us recognize we are "One Humanity" with a shared responsibility."

Mr Ban is also urging people to sign on to a UN "World You'd Rather" campaign.

The campaign aims to raise money for the organization's emergency fund or CERF and to enroll the support of individuals worldwide as Messengers of Humanity.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’12”


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