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Pope Tweets Support for Humanitarian Workers

Pope Francs on August 19, 2019, tweeting his encouragement for humanitarian workers around the world on World Humanitarian Day promoted by the United Nations.

“Today we remember all the brave women who go out to meet their brothers and sisters in difficulty. Each of them is a sign of God’s closeness and compassion,” the Pope tweeted at Pope Francis @Pontifex.com. He added #WomenHumanitarians to note this year’s theme for the day: 2019 WHD campaign: #WomenHumanitarians

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on August 19 to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.

“On World Humanitarian Day 2019 we honor the work of women in crises throughout the world,” according to the United Nations. “We focus on the unsung heroes, who have long been working on the front lines in their own communities in some of the most difficult terrains, from the war-wounded in Afghanistan, to the food insecure in the Sahel, to those who have lost their homes and livelihoods in places such as Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. And we salute the efforts of women aid workers from across the world, who rally to people in need.

“Women make up a large number of those who risk their own lives to save others. They are often the first to respond and the last to leave. These women deserve to be celebrated. They are needed today as much as ever to strengthen the global humanitarian response. And world leaders, as well as non-state actors, must ensure that they – and all humanitarians – are guaranteed the protection afforded to them under international law.

“Women humanitarians dedicate their lives to helping people affected by crises. #WomenHumanitarians We want to hear from you.”

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