Today is World Humanitarian Day honoring and celebrating all those who selflessly give of themselves to help those in need in countries most of us would never think of visiting. And not only do they have to deal with unusually harsh conditions, they now have to worry about their own lives. In the past 10 years more than 800 people involved in humanitarian work have been killed, and more than 1300 wounded or held captive. NGO aid workers are no longer safe; hey are subjected to threats of violence, death or kidnappings in countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and certain African countries that are dealing with Islamist extremists like Somalia and Sudan.
They deserve to be honored, because if it was my decision, I'd pull them all out of those regions with Muslim extremists.
August 19th was chosen to also commemorate all those killed in Iraq when the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad was bombed on August 19, 2003.