Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on World Humanitarian Day 2020

Aug 18, 2020

“Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, we pay tribute to and champion all humanitarian workers saving lives and helping those less fortunate in times of crisis worldwide.

Right now, during the coronavirus pandemic, humanitarians are working against all odds to deliver aid in even more difficult conditions.

While we salute their courage and passion, regrettably in 2019, 125 humanitarian workers have been killed, with 124 having been kidnapped. Saving lives should never cost lives.


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