World Concern honors aid workers on World Humanitarian Day

Saturday, August 20, 2011

On World Humanitarian Day Friday, August 19, World Concern asks for prayers and support for humanitarian aid workers around the world, especially those working tirelessly to respond to the devastating famine in the Horn of Africa.

“These humanitarians often brave great danger, far from home. They work long hours, in the most difficult conditions. Their efforts save lives in conflict and natural disaster,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in a written statement. “On World Humanitarian Day, we honour these aid workers and thank them for their dedication.”

Emergency Coordinator Tracy Stover in east Africa (left)
Shoreline-based World Concern has nearly 900 staff members serving in 22 countries. A team based in Dadaab, Kenya is providing aid in a cross-border response in Somalia and Kenya to those affected by the famine.

Emergency Coordinator Tracy Stover says the team is being stretched, often working long days with few breaks and traveling for hours each day. Getting water, food and emergency supplies to the most vulnerable populations is the priority right now.

“In the midst of all these priorities," she said, "we need to always keep in the forefront of our minds the main point of being out here is to serve those suffering from the Horn of Africa drought.”

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