Turkish Foreign Ministry pays tribute on UN’s World Humanitarian Day
REUTERS photoThe Turkish Foreign Ministry has released a written statement on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day (WHD), which takes place every year on Aug. 19 and recognizes aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service.
The day was designated by the General Assembly seven years ago to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.
“On World Humanitarian Day, Turkey repeats its feelings of appreciation and gratitude to aid workers working devotedly in different regions to offer a lifeline to millions of people suffering from humanitarian crises, and remembers those who have lost their lives during these efforts,” the statement read.
“Turkey fiercely condemns all kinds of attacks directed at humanitarian aid workers and, considering that humanitarian crises mostly stem from conflict, calls on all parties to attach the required importance to the protection of humanitarian aid workers,” it added.
“Today, the struggle against humanitarian crises, which lead to millions of people becoming destitute of their most fundamental needs … is one of the most important items on global agenda. World Humanitarian Day is an important means to raise awareness of this struggle and to confirm our solidarity in this direction,” the ministry also stated.