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Support World Humanitarian Day Through Mobile

Posted by mGive Team on Aug 19, 2009 3:15:00 AM

    

Support World Humanitarian Day Through Mobile

Humanitarian resized 600Today, August 19, is the inaugural World Humanitarian Day, which recognizes all humanitarian personnel who have worked to assist people affected by emergencies and those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty.  The organizations involved include partner UN agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and numerous intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations

According to the UNHCR, Last year 260 humanitarian aid workers were killed, kidnapped or seriously injured in attacks, the highest yearly toll on record. The average number of attacks in the last three years has been three times the level of the previous nine years.

Some key messages provided by the UN state that while much has been achieved, the challenges faced by many millions of people around the world are still formidable, and the need for principled and effective humanitarian action is greater than ever.

Humanitarian needs are growing faster than our ability to deal with them. Long-running and intractable conflicts are still exacting an unconscionable toll on civilians. Natural hazards are becoming increasingly severe and frequent. The international humanitarian community is facing new threats generated by the combined effects of global mega-trends: climate change, chronic poverty, the food and financial crises, water and energy scarcity, migration, population growth, urbanisation, pandemics.

Those who support the humanitarian cause can help the charities below by donating $5 through their mobile phone-

UNHCR- The UN Refugee Agency: Text SWAT to 20222 to give $5

UNICEF- The United Nations Children’s Fund: Text ZEROto 864233 (UNICEF) to give $5

These mobile donation campaigns are powered by mGive, with 100% of the donation funds passed to the organization.

More Information on World Humanitarian Day-
World Humanitarian Day Photo Exhibition
UN- World Humanitarian Day Key Messages
UNHCR pays tribute to fallen colleagues on World Humanitarian Day

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