In times of crisis, when children are at their most vulnerable, Save the Children is there. Our humanitarian aid workers are always at the ready — and always among the first to help during natural disasters.

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is a time to recognize civilians who are dedicated to helping others amidst conflict, danger and adversity. From Syria to South Sudan, in the U.S. and throughout the world, Save the Children’s humanitarian aid workers deliver critical support to children and families when conflict or natural disasters strike.

According to research published in Save the Children’s War on Children report1 , the most dangerous countries for children in conflict are: Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Every day, our dedicated humanitarian aid workers are there to help children in conflict survive, and thrive, despite the dire situation. 

  • In Yemen, we’ve treated nearly 100,000 children suffering from malnutrition, and we’re operating mobile health clinics in the hardest-to-reach areas.
  • Save the Children is the lead health and nutrition provider in six of the 10 former states of South Sudan. We run 91 health centers and 104 feeding program sites for infants and young children.
  • Despite extreme humanitarian challenges, we’re providing lifesaving services and supplies to the children of Syria.

But reports of life-saving aid such as food, water and medicine being blocked are 15 times higher since 2010. Attacks on what should, by any law or civilized standard, be safe places for children – such as schools and hospitals – are also becoming a new normal in conflicts, with reported incidents having roughly doubled in the last decade.

Humanitarian Aid Workers Are #NotATarget

Sieges and deliberate attacks on aid workers are becoming an increasingly common war tactic. August 19, 2018 marks 15 years since a brutal terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad killed 22 people. World Humanitarian Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in their honor, as well as in honor of all health and aid workers around the globe. 

On this day, and on every day, Save the Children honors the dedicated humanitarians who are committed to improving the lives and wellbeing of millions of children across the world.

To our great shock and dismay, four of our own humanitarians lost their lives when Save the Children’s offices in Jalalabad, Afghanistan were attacked in January 2018. This incident was a senseless and malicious act of violence which has devastated the families of those who lost loved ones in the attack as well as colleagues across our organization.

Incidents like the attack in Jalalabad have a direct impact on the children and communities we work to protect. Save the Children’s humanitarian staff remain dedicated to resuming operations around the world in honor of both the children we serve as well as the friends we’ve lost. 

The loss of individuals at the hands of violence is difficult to comprehend, as is the loss of colleagues due to catastrophe and devastation. On June 22, a road traffic accident took place in Cambodia that claimed the lives of four Save the Children staff members.


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