Humanitarianism is an active belief in the value of human life. World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.
Despite their efforts to provide aid and medical treatment to society’s most vulnerable, humanitarian workers are often directly targeted. This year, the UN is continuing their campaign from 2017, #NotATarget to continue to bring attention to the threats that humanitarian workers are increasingly facing.
On this episode of The Oxford Comment, we take a look at the challenges faced by humanitarians today. Host Erin Katie Meehan sat down with Health & Social Work editorial board member Sarah Gehlert, Belinda Gurd and Alexandra Eurdolian of the UNOCHA, and esteemed psychologist Robert J. Wicks to explore important questions about humanitarianism:
- What can we do to better protect humanitarians in their efforts?
- What type of role does social media play in creating lasting change?
- What steps should humanitarians take to protect their mental well-being?
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