World Humanitarian Day was established by the United Nations General assembly to commemorate and pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives to make the world a better place for people affected by war, conflict, and crises.
An estimated 65 million people last year were displaced from their homes due to conflict. As you can imagine, the situation for these displaced people is desperate. Finding food, water and shelter is a struggle. Any moment, they could become a victim of the hostilities. They face abuse and humiliation. Even children are potential recruits for becoming soldiers.
It’s not only the displaced people who face the risk. Humanitarian workers, who are trying to deliver aid and treatment, are potential targets and their aid stolen. Recently, White Helmets — Syrian volunteers trying to help civilians escape the carnage — had to rescue themselves, as the conflict there rages on.
The United Nations designated August 19 as World Humanitarian Day starting in 2008, to advocate for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.
This year, on World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and our partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict. Let the world know: Civilians are Not A Target.
- António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
To that end, the 2018 WHD #NotATarget campaign encourages everyone to stop and think about those who are displaced and those who help them. Please use that hashtag to spread the message to your friends and followers on social media and help protect civilians in conflicts around the world.
Recent Tweets have outlined some of the issues coming to the forefront with this campaign:
Drinking water systems are #NotATarget
Civilians = #NotATarget
Aid workers = #NotATarget
Health workers, patients, facilities and supplies = #NotATarget
Children are #NotATarget
Identity for Displaced Persons
One aspect that makes the lives of displaced people even harder is the fact that, in many cases, they don’t have ID. In the rush to escape for their lives it’s easy to misplace or lose their identity documents.
For people in conflict zones, there’s often no official ID in any case. As government issued ID such as birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, or national ID card is generally the root identity document, with no official government there is no official ID.
Without ID, the ability to deliver services is hampered. Even though these people face the most extreme of situations, there are still people who don’t think twice of trying to exploit the situation and try to redirect aid to themselves.
This lack of ID compounds the problem of determining refugee status and trying to make a new life for themselves. No country wants to accept terrorist threats into their country, so lack of ID slows and complicates the vetting process.
Even when the refugee gets into a country, they face problems in getting employment, getting bank accounts and getting services all because they can’t prove who they are.
Trulioo’s mission is to provide verifiable identities for the entire global population, including displaced persons. While perhaps these groups are the hardest to deliver identity services to, their need is dire. As we work with data providers around the globe to provide the most complete and accurate identity data to our clients, we will pay special attention to those with the greatest of needs.