World Humanitarian Day 2015

This week on August 19th, the international community marked World Humanitarian Day. This day is set aside to honor the men and women who lost their lives while working to protect and aid others. It is also an opportunity to celebrate those who dedicate their lives to helping those in need. 

This year, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is recognizing its humanitarian workers, by sharing stories of what inspires them to deliver life-saving humanitarian action. 

Najmuddin Hilal

When Najmuddin was only 18, he tragically lost his leg due to a landmine. For six years while recuperating, he dreamed of helping others who had also suffered as a consequence of Afghanistan's conflicts. In 1988, he had the opportunity to join the International Committee of the Red Cross, and for the past 27 years, he has provided physiotherapy services for disabled persons. Read more about his story by click here.

Maissam Hamoui

Maissam could have left Syria and gotten a nice (and safe) job elsewhere, but instead, she has dedicated her life to helping those affected by the Syrian Civil War. In addition to her work as an anesthesiologist, she volunteers with the Syrian Red Crescent water and sanitation team, providing life-saving water for thousands of civilians. Read more about her story by clicking here.

Mario Alberto Jiménez

Mario started volunteering with the Colombian Red Cross when he was 12 years old. Since then, the Red Cross has become like family for him. As a volunteer, Mario has taken part in relief efforts following natural disasters such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which marked him for life. Read more about his story by clicking here.

Aysha Michot

Aysha works as a field delegate with the International Committee of the Red Cross in South Sudan. There, she has the opportunity to work on several aspects of the Red Cross mission - promoting international humanitarian law among conflict parties, ensuring access to medical care, and helping improve people's livelihoods. Read more about her story and the work of the ICRC in South Sudan by clicking here.

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For more stories from Red Cross volunteers and staff around the globe, visit icrc.org and ifrc.org.