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Who do you think are the real heroes? The ones with divine superpowers wearing capes, the demigods of the silver screen? Or is it that noble soul with a simple kind heart?
The unsung hero that follows the religion of humanity, undeterred even amid a deadly pandemic whilst helping the oppressed and the sick. Look around, at the sea of humans around you, how much humanity do you see?
Precisely, the reason: why you should be celebrating the World Humanitarian Day on 19th August 2020 by thanking the #reallifeheroes; the humanitarians.
Take this moment to say “Thank You”; to recognize the heroes: the frontline workers, medical professionals, essential employees and the security forces. The heroes that have stood as a shield; risking their lives, ignoring their family ties, unfazed by the ghost of a pandemic, just to ensure that you and I, continue to lead normal lives.
The UN-endorsed event marks global campaigns to recognize the valour of charity workers in the conflict zones and to spread awareness about the sections of the human population that are in crisis today.
The UN General Assembly agreed in 2008, to designate an awareness day for a humanitarian cause. The first World Humanitarian Day was celebrated on 19th August 2009. The date was chosen as a tribute to 21 UN Aid workers killed during a suicide truck bombing at Canal hotel in Iraq, Baghdad.
In 2003, the terrorist attack led to the death of UN High Commissioner Sérgio Vieira de Mello who was posted in Iraq as a UN special envoy and left hundreds wounded including a prominent human rights activist Dr Amin Medani.
World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on 19th August every year since 2009 to mark the death anniversary and in tribute to the UN envoy.
Never before in modern times, was celebrating World Humanitarian Day more important than it is in 2020. While human rights are being brutally crushed in the war-zones, religious persecution has become synonymous with nationalism and the entire world is simultaneously fighting a ‘once in a century’ pandemic for which we have no cure, as yet.
Humanitarian workers risk their lives every day while helping people in disasters, wars and epidemics such as COVID 19 outbreak. They are the first response in any adverse event; starting rescue operations, reaching out with food supplies and taking care of the elderly and children. These men and women are the #reallifeheroes: humanitarian volunteers should be given due respect and recognition.
Umra Omar founded “Safari Doctors” in Kenya. A mobile-medical unit that delivers medical help at remote villages in Kenya. She was worried that 70% of her country’s population resides in far-flung villages while the country’s health system was based on an urban model. Today, her initiative provides free medical care to hundreds of people, covering 20 villages in the Lamu archipelago of Kenya. She is a #reallifehero. (Source – UN.ORG)
It is not a surprise that most of the humanitarian workers with the UN are volunteers and they go out on a limb just to express their kindness and desire to help others. These faceless angels risk constant threats to their own life but continue with undying zest to comfort others.
The Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) has its priorities lined up while battling the outbreak:
To curb the communication of the virus; minimize its spread and to ensure that better and prompt medical help is available to decrease the mortality rate of the virus.
To protect the assets and rights of humans amid this outbreak and to ensure that economic disparity is contained by protecting the livelihood of the people in severely affected regions.
To help and relocate subsections of the population which are more vulnerable to the virus than others and protect the less fortunate such as refugees and migrants in this pandemic.
Never were the plight of the citizens in conflict zones so easily ignored by the main-stream media and well-digested by the public in general.
Are Millenials drenched in apathy, as a generation?
We may have evolved under strict protocols of evolutionary survival to a point where we have adapted to ignore the losses of a stranger vis-à-vis personal gains. Maybe we are devoid of general humanity or maybe not?
It is well documented within the classic historical texts of socio-political nature that whenever a state fails; citizens must rise. Today is that day when the youth of our blessed planet should break the shackles of race, religion and nationality and come together with a singular, mighty force: Humanity.
It is time that we celebrate humanity like a festival and no better day than the designated day itself.
A wise man once told me that ‘ARK’ in the biblical saga of Noah was an Acronym. “Really!” I exclaimed and got the simplest of answers:
”Act of Random Kindness (ARK)”
What is humanity if not caring for others? History despite the abundant atrocities proves that Human beings are essentially good; if given a chance.
Give yourself that chance. Help others.
Volunteer for the plight of the poor and needy in your local areas.
Spread the word about the tremendous work done by humanitarians all over the world. Research about war-stricken areas and be the voice of the oppressed. Take it to online forums and scream on social media until your voice becomes so loud that it cannot be ignored.
Curate a Humanitarian Committee at your campus and feature selfless workers through V-logs and Podcasts. Make your peers know that they are the #reallifeheroes.
Donate. Share a little with the agencies that are involved in humanitarian work. Even Better; take up a cause and start a crowdfunding campaign.
Your contribution may be little but don’t undermine the importance of it. The greatest revolutions in history happened because some men and women at some point in time didn’t ignore the injustice.
They took ACTION. They became HEROES. So can YOU.
Syd Howell writes blogs and articles for students to aid them in their humanities assignments. Earning a reputation in assignment writing, he is known in the assignment help through guided sessions industry for his contributions in the field of social policy and promotion of creative and cultural industries studies in the Australian universities. He provides students with assignment writing help and academic guidance in subjects ranging from history and linguistics to modern languages. Syd has been a humanity consultant with My Assignment Services before becoming a part of the assignment writing team.
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