Zimbabwe Commemorates World Humanitarian Day

Click here to view more photosZimbabwe commemorated World Humanitarian Day on 16 August 2012 under the global theme: “People helping people” at the WFP office grounds in Harare.

Activities included a Humanitarian Fair, where more than 40 organisations drawn from the broad humanitarian community and the private sector demonstrated their role in helping Zimbabweans affected by various humanitarian issues. The event focused on remembering humanitarian workers who lost their lives while on duty and highlighted the prevailing humanitarian needs and challenges.

Acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Zimbabwe, Dr Marcelin Hepie, who is also UNHCR Representative commended the humanitarian community’s achievements but emphasized the need for vigilance in the face of constantly emerging challenges. According to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee rural livelihood assessment, over 1.6 million will require food assistance in the 2012/3 peak hunger season, 60 per cent more than last year.

During the occasion, Deputy Minister of Regional Integration and International Cooperation, Reuben Marumahoko, called for sustainable programmes that build resilience rather than dependence on aid.

In December 2008, the UN General Assembly determined that World Humanitarian Day should be marked on 19 August every year.