Today is World Humanitarian Day — an annual day to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and to mobilize people to advocate for a more humane world.
Yesterday, the world was shaken by the image of Omran, a 5-year-old boy in Syria who was pulled from the rubble of his home in Aleppo after an airstrike. And this past February, a World Vision supported maternal health hospital in northern Syria was bombed. Windows were shattered and portions of the building were damaged, but thankfully all patients were unharmed.
A photo such as the one of Omran easily pulls at our heartstrings, yet we often continue about our lives as if it doesn’t matter. But we pray for the people in Syria affected by the war, those who have been forced to flee, and also honor those of our colleagues who stay so they can help.
The United Nations asks: when you think about a world where 130 million people live in conflict and crisis, what kind of world do you want to live in — what choices do you make for a humane world? See how you can take action.
Photo: Christine Latif is World Vision’s Response Manager for Turkey and northern Syria. ‘It’s a privilege to contribute to the work World Vision is doing in Syria and Turkey. Although the situation is challenging and it is easy to lose hope, I am grateful every day to work with an amazing team who works so hard to make a difference for Syrians within Syria and those living in neighboring countries.’ read more… © 2016 World Vision/ photo by Kinan Diab