World Humanitarian Day 2018

Civilians are not a target

Conflict in Syria

Today on World Humanitarian Day, ShelterBox Australia is taking time to acknowledge all of the civilians who have been forced from their homes and livelihoods as a result of terrifying conflict.

These people are not a target. These people are simply suffering children, adults and families caught up in a desperate situation, with no end in sight.

Today, and every other day to come, we pledge to stand together and take action to help protect and support all civilians caught in conflict.

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Show your support for conflict-striken citizens in Syria, Niger, Congo and the rest of the world

About World Humanitarian Day

ShelterBox aid being delivered in Syria

“On 19 August 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad killed 22 humanitarian aid workers, including the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day.

The Canal Hotel bombing was a massive loss for the United Nations and the humanitarian community, and it marked a turning point for the need to increase the protection of humanitarian operations in Iraq and worldwide.

Each year, World Humanitarian Day focuses on a theme, bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being, and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

This World Humanitarian Day, we’re shining a light on the millions of people whose lives are being destroyed by wars. Explore their stories, then join the movement to demand action from world leaders. Civilians are #NotATarget.”

World Humanitarian Day

Conflict with no end in sight

Om is 65-years-old and lives in Aleppo, Syria's second largest city. Her husband and son were killed by an air strike on their house one year ago. Their house turned into rubble. She and the remainder of her family now live in an empty house given by neighbours. They have no income and depend on the help of neighbours and ReliefAid, our partners in Syria.

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At ShelterBox, we are impatient to see a world where no family goes without shelter.

Thanks to the dedication of our supporters here in Australia, as well as the rest of the world, we have managed to provide 15,054 families with emergency shelter so far this year. This number is great, but we know with your help we can reach even more.

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