August 3rd, 2018
World Humanitarian Day 2018
On 19th August 2018, we will celebrate World Humanitarian Day and shine a light on the millions of civilians caught up in hidden conflicts around the world.
In South Sudan, there are 1.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs) and an estimated 2.5 million refugees in neighbouring countries, the vast majority of whom are women and children. In March 2017, an emergency request was made by our partner Archbishop Moses Deng for life-saving food for 5,000 IDPs that sought refuge in his church compound. Since then thousands more have fled conflict and now reside in makeshift camps which are supported by our partner.
In Burma, ethnic states are fighting the longest civil war in history. Violations of human rights and military offences against civilians still continue to happen, not just to the Rohingya but also to other ethnic minorities. When HART visited Shan State, one of the Shan leaders said: ‘When the lights went on in Rangoon, all the world rushed to Rangoon; no one stopped to see us in the darkness.’
In Sudan, more than 90,000 civilians are struggling to survive in Blue Nile State as the Sudanese Government continue to block humanitarian assistance from reaching the area. In January 2018, HART crossed the border from South Sudan and met 9000 IDPs who were scavenging for food to survive after fleeing from conflict. They told us ‘You are the first people to reach us’.
Our #HEART2HART campaign
Throughout it all, our local partners make it their ambition to create positive changes in their communities by providing healthcare, education, emergency relief and peace projects. From your heart to theirs, we urge you to participate and help us support these unsung heroes in their daily struggles.
Help us raise awareness of these devastating situations and the significant work our partners are doing by posting a photo of the heart symbol. Show our partners that you send your thoughts and prayers to them and their communities caught up in conflict to recognise and respect their dedication.
Tag three friends and encourage them to do the same using #Heart2HART to spread the message.
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We look forward to seeing your photos on Sunday 19th August
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