USAID Recognizes World Humanitarian Day on August 19

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

For Immediate Release

Friday, August 18, 2017
USAID Press Office
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This Saturday, August 19, marks World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognize aid workers who risk their lives while helping millions of people affected by global crises. Since the death of 22 United Nations and relief-agency staff on August 19, 2003 in a Baghdad bombing, each year we honor the brave women and men who have died while serving others, and celebrate the selfless spirit of those who risk everything to save lives.

The United States has a long and distinguished history of helping people in need. USAID disaster teams and our humanitarian partners are responding to urgent crises around the world everyday by providing lifesaving food assistance, safe drinking water, medical care, and critical relief supplies. This aid comes at a crucial time. More than 140 million people, across 37 countries, are in immediate need of assistance, and more than 65 million people have been forcibly displaced by conflict and insecurity - the highest figure ever recorded.

The United States remains committed to humanitarian assistance and remains a global leader in humanitarian action. We call on other donors to increase their level of support during this urgent time of need. On World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the tremendous service of all of our humanitarian heroes, including USAID's brave aid workers and partners on the ground.