World Humanitarian Day celebrates volunteers who risk their lives to save others, says Red Cross chief


Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to celebrate aid workers and their incredible work around the globe.

From Syria to South Sudan, Yemen to Afghanistan, people are risking their lives to save the lives of others.

Just this week, another volunteer in Yemen paid the ultimate price.

Sixty-five-year-old Khalid Abdullah, a volunteer with Yemen Red Crescent for 30 years, was shot while preparing a food distribution in Taiz.

To kill someone who is helping in a place where over 80% of people need aid is just unfathomable.

In Syria, more than 60 volunteers have died while undertaking their humanitarian work.

We owe so much to those who continue to help in the face of such dangers.

With so many conflicts and disasters going on around the world it would be easy to be overwhelmed.

But the fact is everyone one of us has a part to play.

You don’t have to volunteer in a war zone to make a difference.

You can be a humanitarian hero in your own community.

During the 2012 Olympics, shopkeepers, taxi drivers and volunteers learnt first aid to be ready in case of an emergency.

Imagine if all of us committed to learning just a few first aid skills to help others.

Loneliness is an increasing problem across Britain.

One in five of us has not spoken to a neighbour in the last two weeks. Just stopping to talk to someone in the street, or checking on a neighbour could make all the difference.

In a time when some may seek to encourage tensions between communities, we can all make the effort to encourage tolerance and inclusion.

Volunteers such as Khalid Abdullah are an inspiration to us all. Let’s work together to do everything we can to help those most in need, whether they are across the globe or around the corner.

News Source MirrorNews

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