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World Humanitarian Day - Honoring the World's Humanitarian Workers
August 18, 2017

World Humanitarian Day - Honoring the World's Humanitarian Workers
Monica - a South Sudanese refugee and the JRS alternative healing team leader in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya - is one of many humanitarian workers that accompanies refugees and lives the mission of JRS.

We are experiencing the largest refugee crisis since World War II. More than 65 million people are displaced worldwide due to war, violence, famine, and disaster. Every day, humanitarian aid workers stand on the front lines, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to these refugees and others in desperate need. 

World Humanitarian Day, August 19, recognizes those who risk their lives in humanitarian service. Jesuit Refugee Service staff and volunteers help provide critical emergency, educational, and psychosocial services to refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in Syria, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and more than 47 other countries, often working in precarious and dangerous conditions. 

“Today, we honor the courage and compassion of those who serve the most vulnerable, including refugees,” Says David M Robinson, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA’s Executive Director. “We are indebted to the staff and volunteers of JRS worldwide who not only provide critical assistance in some of the most difficult locations, but accompany refugees on their often long and arduous journey.” 

This World Humanitarian Day, we ask that you join us in honoring, remembering, and protecting our colleagues as they work to serve refugees so that they can restore their dignity and rebuild their lives.

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