Written by Bob Utne, Chairman of EWA Travel:
Much media ado these days about top entertainment and political figures and athletes but mostly silence on the real heroes of today, the frontline humanitarian worker. There is a paucity of news about humanitarian workers and their deeds until such publicized events as being tortured or murdered individually or en masse, all while helping others.
These are the real heroes of today. They do not ask for publicity but we believe that they should be often acknowledged and thanked for the work they do to make this a better world for all.
On[B1] August 19, 2002, there were 22 humanitarian workers killed in a bombing at United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. In remembrance, August 19 was declared World Humanitarian Day to honor all those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires people to serve.