World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is celebrated every year on 19 August. The day is recognized globally to pay tribute and homage to the brave hearts who leave no stone unturned to come forward and work towards a humanitarian cause.
Every year, WHD is celebrated under a specific theme. According to the United Nations, the theme for this year is ‘to show the importance, effectiveness, and positive impact of humanitarian work’.
The history of World Humanitarian Day dates back to 2003, when 22 humanitarian aid workers were mercilessly killed on 19 August 2003 in a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq. Five years after the incident, UN decided to observe 19 August as World Humanitarian Day.