Shaun Collins, a UNICEF child protection specialist, plays volleyball with children in the remote village of Lekuangole, South Sudan. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0508/McKeever
Today is World Humanitarian Day and a perfect opportunity to introduce you to the daily lives of UNICEF’s humanitarian workers.
World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to all people affected by humanitarian crises and the workers and volunteers who have lost their lives in humanitarian service. It's a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires UNICEF’s work for children, and the work of so many humanitarians, around the world.
UNICEF workers are there in humanitarian emergencies.
UNICEF’s Rose Foley was in Nepal to support the rapid emergency response following the April 25 earthquake when a second earthquake struck.
UNICEF workers are there for children in some of the most dangerous places in the world, where conflict rages and lives are threatened, and lost, on a daily basis. Mohammed Al-Asaadi works for UNICEF Yemen. Few humanitarian agencies can work amid the danger and terror inside Yemen, but UNICEF is there and Mohammed posted the above to Twitter just three days ago.
Also in the Middle East and working with UNICEF to support the influx of refugees out of Syria is young Lebanese woman Yara El Moussaoui. In June, Yara introduced UNICEF Australia National Ambassador Tara Moss to the mothers of children UNICEF helps to avoid the risks of early marriage and child labour.
Yara spends her days in refugee settlements interviewing refugee families and translating their needs to the rest of the world.
Among UNICEF’s most widely travelled humanitarians is emergency communications specialist Kent Page. Kent, like Yara and Rose, is embedded in the emergency response to share the stories of need, and occasionally, as above, special stories of success.
UNICEF Australia’s own Felicity Wever might spend the bulk of her days desk-bound in the organisation’s Sydney office, but regularly visits programs funded by donors to ensure they are delivering the good health, education, safety and care promised. In Zimbabwe this year she visited the remote and inhospitable locations UNICEF Australia-funded mobile health workers reach.
On World Humanitarian Day, #sharehumanity and join UNICEF Australia in honouring UNICEF workers, partners and volunteers around the world.
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