By Taiwo Oke

On the 19th of August, 2023, the World celebrated Humanitarian Day, an International day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have died working for humanitarian causes.

It is designated by the United Nations General Assembly to honour the then representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello and twenty one of his colleagues, who were killed in a bomb attack at the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.

The day which was first celebrated on 19th of August, 2009, always bring people together to honour humanitarians around the world, who strive to meet ever-growing global needs. 

Humanitarian workers have no other purpose than to save and protect lives and deliver the basic necessities of life.

They also stand shoulder to shoulder with the communities they serve and bring hope.

The theme of 2023 World Humanitarian Day was “The human Race” with the slogan, “it takes a village”.

Radio Nigeria interacted with some people in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on their knowledge about humanitarian workers.

“I will describe their job as a very challenging job but rewarding because they often work in difficult conditions”

“In my knowledge, humanitarian workers help those in need and most of them works with NGOs”

“They help people and try their best to eradicate hunger, they are also impartial”

In an interview, an humanitarian, who is the National President of Red Cross Society in Nigeria, Chief Oluyemisi Adeaga highlighted some of the challenges in humanitarian services.

“There are a lot of challenges involved in humanitarian services and these are lack of limitations of power by the constitution either globally and lack of access to necessary equipment and advanced medical attention to those that are rescued especially when there is no nearby medical center”.

Chief Adeaga advised members of Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies to always have their identity cards with them to save them from all form of assaults, attacks or harassment in the course of their jobs.

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