Archive for the WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY 2010 Category

WE MUST ALL BE HUMANITARIAN WORKERS

Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010 at 11:43 am
Concern’s Emergency Response Coordinator Ros O’Sullivan assessing damage in Bangladesh in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Sidr, which affected 8 million people and killed an estimated 10,000.

Concern’s Emergency Response Coordinator Ros O’Sullivan assessing damage in Bangladesh in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Sidr, which affected 8 million people and killed an estimated 10,000.

Ros O’Sullivan, Emergency Response Coordinator, Concern Worldwide

For the past 20 years, I have been a humanitarian aid worker on the frontlines of some of the world’s worst crises.  Today, in solidarity with the United Nations, I join humanitarian workers around the world in celebrating World Humanitarian Day and honoring personnel who have lost their lives to assist people in crisis. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Front Lines can be Behind the Scenes: World Humanitarian Day 2010

Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010 at 11:43 am

Anne O’Mahony is Country Director for Concern Worldwide in Kenya.

Anne O’Mahony is Country Director for Concern Worldwide in Kenya.

Anne O’Mahony, Country Director, Kenya, Concern Worldwide

This morning in Nairobi, Kenya, Concern Worldwide marked the second commemoration of  World Humanitarian Day with colleagues from  NGOs, Red Cross Societies, the UN, government representatives from both Kenya and Somalia, and other humanitarian actors.

It was uplifting—and hugely important to recognize the contribution and sacrifices that humanitarian workers make in this troubled world of ours.  Here in Kenya, this day could have gone very differently. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Right to Live with Dignity: World Humanitarian Day 2010

Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010 at 11:41 am
Concern works with 10,000 displaced families in Masisi Province in eastern DRC. Photo: Michael MacSweeney, Masisi, DRC for Concern Worldwide

Concern works with 10,000 displaced families in Masisi Province in eastern DRC. Photo: Michael MacSweeney, Masisi, DRC for Concern Worldwide

I have been a humanitarian worker for more than 14 years in some very tough environments, including Angola and Zimbabwe. But working as Concern Worldwide’s Country Director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the past two years has definitely been one of the greatest challenges of my career—and one of the most humbling experiences of my life.

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