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Video: Today, on August 19, is World Humanitarian Day
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The world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since WWII. Today, over 130 million people around the world are caught in conflict and disaster, and need humanitarian assistance to survive

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to mobilize people to advocate for a more humane world. Thousands of people are risking their lives to save the lives of others, reports.

The work done by humanitarian aid workers is more important than ever. More than 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes around the world; the same number again are in need of humanitarian aid for other reasons, including food shortages, lack of drinking water and destroyed infrastructure. These are sad records indeed. As the third-largest donor of humanitarian aid, Germany is making a major contribution to supporting people in need around the world. We have increased our commitment considerably once again. Moreover, we are working to encourage other donors to increase the level of their commitments.

Attacks on humanitarian aid workers and violations of international humanitarian law continued to increase in the past year. 1451 humanitarian workers were killed since 1997.

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