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    On August 19, 2009, the United Nations first recognized World Humanitarian Day, honoring those who serve others in times of crisis
     
    Humanitarian aid is apolitical, with the goal of saving lives and reducing suffering. Humanitarian aid may include food aid to an area affected by drought, emergency shelter provided for victims of a flood, logistics support for those recovering from a tsunami, or medical support for refugees in war-torn regions.
     
    World Humanitarian Day was created in honor of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations General Secretary to Iraq. Vieira de Mello and 21 other aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, on this date in 2003.
     
    Every year, the UN chooses a new theme for World Humanitarian Day. The theme for 2013 was “The World Needs More . . .” Online communities supplied their own answers: The World Needs More #Peace. The World Needs More #Healthcare. The World Needs More #CleanWater. The theme for 2015 is “Share Humanity," and encourages people to donate their social media feeds to the humanitarian "story that needs to be told."
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    apolitical Adjective

    neutral, or having no interest in or application to politics.

    bomb Noun

    explosive device, usually a projectile.

    crisis Noun

    event or situation leading to dramatic change.

    destroy Verb

    to ruin or make useless.

    drought Noun

    period of greatly reduced precipitation.

    Encyclopedic Entry: drought
    earthquake Noun

    the sudden shaking of Earth's crust caused by the release of energy along fault lines or from volcanic activity.

    emergency Noun

    sudden, unplanned event that requires immediate action.

    flood Noun

    overflow of a body of water onto land.

    Encyclopedic Entry: flood
    food aid Noun

    money or food given to regions faced with malnutrition and starvation.

    headquarters Noun

    place where an organization or project is chiefly located.

    health care Noun

    system for addressing the physical health of a population.

    humanitarian Adjective

    having to do with relief, aid, or other support to people in need.

    logistics Noun

    management of the movement of goods and services.

    medical Adjective

    having to do with the study of medicine or healing.

    provide Verb

    to give or make available.

    recognize Verb

    to identify or acknowledge.

    refugee Noun

    person who flees their home, usually due to natural disaster or political upheaval.

    shelter Noun

    structure that protects people or other organisms from weather and other dangers.

    tsunami Noun

    ocean waves triggered by an earthquake, volcano, or other movement of the ocean floor.

    United Nations Noun

    international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.

    war Noun

    large-scale armed conflict.