Every year, WFP staff work to provide food to over 90 million people around the world. On World Humanitarian Day, August 19, we recognize the contribution of aid workers like them. Copyright: WFP/Riccardo Gangale
On 19 August, WFP joins in celebrating World Humanitarian Day—an occasion to recognize the men and women who have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place. The event has special significance this year as the world grapples with a hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. Here are four examples of great humanitarians that work for WFP.
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ROME—Every day, humanitarian workers around the world tackle challenges, make sacrifices and occasionally risk their lives in an effort to aid the people who need their help.
Millions of people benefit from their work, from children getting an education they might not otherwise receive to families rebuilding their lives in the wake of disaster.
The hunger crisis now engulfing the Horn of Africa has put the importance of humanitarian work into stark relief, as aid workers with organisations like WFP toil to reach huge numbers of people in one of the most dangerous and inaccessible parts of the world.
Here are four examples of humanitarian workers making a difference on the frontlines of huger.
Fethi Mohammed, Logistics Officer
Fehti Mohammed knows what it's like to be a refugee. When he was young, his family fled from political turmoil in Ethiopia. Today, he works as a logistics officer for WFP on the frontlines of a hunger crisis which has pushed millions of people in his country to the edge of survival. It’s a tough job, but Fehti says he feels lucky to have it. Read more
Consolata Kwadi, Logistics Officer
Consolata, "Conso" for short, has been working with WFP as a Logistics Officer at Dadaab refugee camp since March 2005. A self-proclaimed "logistician for life", Conso tells us that Dadaab has changed dramatically in the few short months since famine was declared in Somalia and refugees began arriving by the thousands. Read more
Mick Eccles, Emergency Communications Expert
From weathering mortar attacks in Somalia to navigating the conflict zone in Afghanistan, Mick Eccles' job training emergency radio operators is anything but boring. But there’s more than just radios to this bearded aid worker, whose casual manner and love of roses have won him friends around the world. Read more
Challiss McDonough, Public Information Officer
No stranger to tough working conditions, Challiss recently arrived in Nairobi from Kabul where she worked for two years as a public information officer from WFP. She’s now working at the center of WFP’s response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. Here, she looks back on the challenges and rewards she met as a woman working in Afghanistan. Read more