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State Department, USAID Commemorate World Humanitarian Day

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry commemorated World Humanitarian Day, recognized on August 19, saying, “This is an important day for all of us to pause and join with our colleagues in honoring the committed staff who work to save the lives of others, often at great risk to their own. World Humanitarian Day is a commemoration of their sacrifice and a sober reminder that our work is far from done.” He highlighted the specific efforts of humanitarian workers worldwide, concluding, “In a world growing more — not less — interconnected, when our common humanity is threatened, aid workers will be there — this day and every day the world over” (8/19). In a post on USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Carol Chan, acting director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, writes, “On World Humanitarian Day, we pause to remember those who died, as well as celebrate the commitment and passion of those, who, at this very moment, are saving lives in some of the most dangerous regions around the world” (8/16). And in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, “Heather Fabrikant, a program officer with the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, discusses what the day means to her” (8/19).