World Humanitarian Day - 19 August 2016

World Humanitarian Day is taking place on 19 August, this Friday. It is an opportunity to recognize the commitment of aid workers who risk their lives to deliver humanitarian service. This year, the Movement will be profiling the volunteers and staff of the Red Cross and Red Crescent network, and the work that they do – providing support to the most vulnerable, offering hope and support with neutrality and impartiality, around the world – keeping with the UN’s One Humanity theme for the day.


Early to rise!

A staff member of the Pakistan Red Crescent brushes his teeth after spending the night at a local school on his way to relief camp established during heavy rain fall in April in Gilgit-Baltistan. (Photo: Pakistan/ICRC)


Time to go!

Hussein Abdul Amir is a volunteer with the first aid team at the Iraqi Red Crescent Society. He wakes up at dawn every morning and spends the day giving first aid services to displaced families at the Takiya camp to the south of Baghdad (Photo: Iraqi Red Crescent Society).

A fresh start to the day

Thirty-one-year-old Everlyn S. Morris volunteers at the Liberian Red Cross branch in Montserrado, where she promotes good hygiene practices among community members. She has been volunteering with the Red Cross for the past three years. “I feel happy meeting my own people and talking to them on what is good,” she says with a smile (Photo: Liberian Red Cross).


Wheeling to work!

Hajir rides his bike to work. He's headed to the ICRC office in Baidoa, Somalia, where ICRC supports a feeding centre for malnourished children. ICRC supports two feeding centres in south and central Somalia that are vital for fighting soaring malnutrition rates in the country. As a nutritional field officer, Hajir supervises and supports the two centres (Photo: Somalia/ICRC).


Active for life

Philippine Red Cross volunteer Helbert warms up the crowd before the Zumba class, one of the main activities of the Red Cross health team in Cebu. Aside from the fun and social spirit these sessions bring, community health volunteers measure the blood pressure of local residents every three months to check on individual progress (Photo: Cheryl Ravelo Gagalac / IFRC)


Low battery anxiety?

In South Sudan, displaced people bring their phones to be charged. ICRC together with the South Sudan Red Cross (SSRC) set up a temporary phone charging services to enable displaced people give news to their families. (Photo: South Sudan/ICRC)


Ladies who lunch!

A mother and daughter have a laugh together at a distribution. The ICRC and the National Society provide assistance to about 9,000 displaced persons in South Russia. (Photo: Russia/ICRC)

Messages for the future

Two Myanmar Red Cross community volunteer health workers, who are also good friends, share a joke as they relax after giving a health education demonstration in their village. They are working as part of a maternal and child health care programme to improve access to health care in their remote village in Chin State (Photo: Mandy George / IFRC)


Time for fun and games!

Arriving early at the Yalda collective shelter, near Yarmouk Camp, ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent colleagues take a moment to play with the children. “Seeing those children remind me of my playful childhood memories, the ones they probably don’t have the chance to experience. So we play and laugh with them.” (Photo: Syria/ICRC)


Naptime anyone?

Following violent clashes, thousands of people have fled to the Nigerian town of Dambo. Children are especially vulnerable to measles and malaria. The ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross Society help those living in areas largely cut off from humanitarian aid.

Here, at a health centre, a baby finds a moment for some good, old-fashioned shut eye. (Photo: Nigeria/ICRC)


The most important job in the world

Italian Red Cross nurse Daniela and team rescue a group of people stranded in a sinking boat in the Mediterranean. The work on board the rescue boat is relentless, with hundreds of people rescued from the water every day.  One of the medics’ most important jobs is to ensure people feel safe and protected (Photo: Jason Florio / MOAS)


Here whenever people need us

Georgia Nikolaou and Efryhia Staramopoulou joined the Hellenic Red Cross in 2004 and 1997 respectively. Since February, both have been delivering first aid at Piraeus Port, which earlier this year hosted a makeshift camp accommodating up to 4,000 migrants who arrived from the islands. "At the beginning of the year, we were sometimes treating up to a 100 people a day," says Efryhia. "The situation has changed so much. But we'll be alongside migrants as long as they need us," adds Georgia (Photo: Anita Dullard / IFRC)


Working for humanity

At a time of unprecedented humanitarian need, collaboration is more important than ever. Both the IFRC and ICRC have placed significant emphasis on strengthening Movement cooperation and coordination. In this photo at the IFRC headquarters in Geneva, IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy and ICRC Director General Yves Daccord share a moment of levity at the end of a meeting (Photo: Diogo Costa / IFRC).


Puppy love!

6pm, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK. Therapy dog Twm and his owner, Sarah Disney, heading home after visiting people as part of a British Red Cross independent living project. The Camau Cadarn (Welsh for Positive Steps) project supports people who may be facing loneliness due to bereavement, illness or a stay in hospital. Twm visits care home residents, helping people reconnect with memories, and brings comfort to people living at home who may be experiencing isolation (Photo: British Red Cross).


Jump for joy!

Student volunteers from Takaoka Junior High School, Japan, enjoy a bit of fun after spending the day learning about becoming nurses in the Japanese Red Cross Society Himeji Hospital (Photo: Japanese Red Cross Society)


Food for life

Dr. Dewindra Widiamurti works as a clinical health coordinator as part of the IFRC’s Population Movement Programme in Tanzania.  Today, Dewindra cooked Ayam Bumbu Rujak (chicken with mixed spices), a spicy Indonesian dish. “Cooking is one way of releasing stress and to have a normal life in a hardship mission like this” says Dewindra. “We are far from our home yet still surrounded by family. This is our comfort zone, which we created to be able to do our work effectively” (Photo: IFRC).


A friendly face in time of crisis

A Canadian Red Cross volunteer ‎provides emergency financial assistance to an evacuee following the wildfires in Alberta. Red Cross volunteers provided this form of assistance in shelters and reception centres set up across the province of Alberta while individuals and families were unable to return homes. This particular photo was taken at the Calgary reception centre (Photo: The Canadian Red Cross Society).


Lending a helping hand

Ruth Isabel Carrillo Vasquez, who has been a Salvadoran Red Cross nurse since 1988, looks after an elderly person in the clinic of this humanitarian institution. (Photo: Salvadorean Red Cross Society)


Working late in the office?

This is how our office looks like when we are in Colombian villages affected by conflict and violence. Hector and Olferin are two of our colleagues that visited Noanamá, Chocó (west of the country), an area only accessible by boat and hours away from the nearest urban centre.

For more than 50 years, armed conflict in Colombia has left eight million victims in places like Noanamá, where very few humanitarian organizations have access (Photo: Juan Arredondo/Getty/ICRC)


Strengthening family links

It’s been a long day in the field for IFRC delegate Isara Iose, responsible for water, sanitarian and hygiene promotion (WASH) in Fiji. He’s been working in Fijian villages ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston, supervising the building of communal and household toilets. In some villages, only few houses were left standing, and infrastructure was badly damaged. Isara’s wife Mau and two-year-old son Tau are still back in Samoa and he hopes they will be able to join him soon. But until then they have to make do with night time Skype calls, which involve Mau and Tau catching a bus to town so they can get a Wi-Fi signal (Photo: Navinesh Kumar / IFRC).