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It’s World Humanitarian Day!

So be nice. Tomorrow you can go back to exploiting, abusing or just ignoring other people.

The point of World Humanitarian Day (I’m still waiting for World Humanosphere Day) is rather obvious.

But this surprisingly compelling video (surprising because it was made by the normally staid and excessively earnest UN with some funny out-takes at the end) does a nice job of stating the obvious — with no spoken words.

I tend to dislike these kind of official declarations. They often seem to have the opposite effect of what they intend by presenting the issue du jour as an isolated cause — rather than as a critical part of the whole.

But this is not about a single cause, and it is a new “Day” so maybe it could use a little extra boost.

World Humanitarian Day was created in 2008 by the UN General Assembly to honor humanitarian workers killed while trying to make the world a better place. It was specifically prompted by the 2003 deaths of Sérgio Vieira de Mello and 20 colleagues in Iraq but it honors those who continue to take life-and-death risks to try to help others. 


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.