Minister Bibeau applauds humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

Statement

August 19, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement:

“Around the world, millions of people face the choice of living surrounded by armed conflict that threatens their families and livelihoods or fleeing in search of safety and security. Children’s education and health care are compromised, and entire families are displaced from their homes.

“Thousands of humanitarian and health workers in the most dangerous places on earth bring much-needed relief and care to people caught in this untenable situation. They risk their lives to protect others and, too often, pay the highest price of all.

“World Humanitarian Day acknowledges the courage and commitment of aid workers, including many Canadians, who stand at the front line of conflict and natural disasters every day to deliver assistance. Over the past 20 years, more than 4,670 aid workers have been killed, wounded or kidnapped.

“Canada joins the international community in honouring humanitarian workers and reaffirming that they are #NotATarget, a campaign that urges world leaders to take action to protect aid workers, as well as civilians, caught in conflict.

“Canada strongly defends the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. We continue to advocate for greater compliance with international humanitarian law. The scale and complexity of humanitarian crises today is unprecedented. In humanitarian settings, where women and girls are most at risk, we support action to empower them and defend their rights. Canada also stands up for the security of humanitarian workers and principled humanitarian action that enables our partners to safely reach those who are most in need.”

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