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World Humanitarian Day 2013

Khun Kannavee Suebsang representing UNHCR and said the world needs more heroes


BANGKOK, Thailand 19 August (UNCHR)  - UNHCR joins "World Humanitarian Day 2013" event at Siam Discovery. Khun Kannavee Suebsang, a UNHCR officer, representing UNHCR said the world needs more heroes, more caring and sharing people. For UNHCR, not only refugees are heroes but also our supporters. UNCHR would like to thank you for your kind support rebuilding lives of refugees. 

The General Assembly proclaimed 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in 2008 to commemorate the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad, which claimed the lives of 22 UN staff members, including the world body’s top envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and wounded more than 150 people.
The Day aims to honour those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions, in addition to drawing attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting those needs.
Since this time last two year, five UNHCR staff members have lost their lives in the line of duty in Afghanistan, Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On World Humanitarian Day, we will take the opportunity to remember and pay tribute to them, and to mark our solidarity with their families.