The European Commission (EU) has paid a glowing tribute to humanitarian workers around the globe who are helping people in need.
According to the commission, “nearly 4,000 humanitarian workers have become victims of major attacks since records began in 1997. Tragically, over one-third of them were killed, paying the ultimate price to serve humanity.”
This was contained in a press statement jointly released by Federica Mogherini and Christos Styliandes, EU’s High Representative in Ghana and Commissioner respectively to mark World Humanitarian Day.
It said the alarming figure called for concerted efforts in dealing with crises across the globe.
The statement said it was crucial the world strengthened its understanding of, and respect for the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the four principles of humanitarianism-humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.
“We affirm our commitment to defend IHL and these principles, which should be the shield of humanitarian workers while they do their job, and ensure access to people most in need,” the statement stressed.
World Humanitarian Day is observed annually to mark the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN Headquarters in Iraq, in which 22 humanitarian workers perished.