UN World Food Programme Celebrates ‘Heroes Among Us’ On World Humanitarian Day

ROME/ACCRA – The World Food Programme (WFP) is joining other organizations and agencies around the globe in advance of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August to bring attention to the heroes who risk their lives every day to help people in need.

These humanitarian heroes put themselves in danger transporting food around the world, distributing it in areas besieged by conflict or ravaged by natural disaster, and running the programmes that help millions of children, women and men build their futures.

In the course of serving others, several of our beloved colleagues have been tragically killed in the field. Since the last World Humanitarian Day, Ayman Omar, WFP’s head of security for Syria and the region, was killed in a road accident on July 28. He truly embodied the humanitarian spirit that this day celebrates. And in the past year, four truck drivers lost their lives while delivering WFP food: Abdull Ahad in Afghanistan; Willy Wenagbili in Democratic Republic of Congo; Kakooza Abdalla Yusuf in Rwanda and Housien Hammoud in Syria.

“World Humanitarian Day is a day to remember our ‘humanitarian heroes’. The colleagues who lost their lives while serving others,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “But it’s also a day to celebrate our everyday heroes — the WFP staff and partners who work tirelessly to help build the future we all want, a future of zero hunger in which everyone will thrive.”

In total, there are nearly 14,200 humanitarian heroes working for WFP. They come from 158 nations and are deployed in 99 countries around the world. A small selection of their stories will be highlighted at www.wfp.org/humanitarianheroes

“WFP Ghana has 65 staff who work tirelessly in Accra, Tamale, Bolgatanga and Wa, to provide humanitarian assistance to people in food-insecure parts of the country in pursuit of the zero hunger,” said WFP officer-in-charge Magdalena Moshi. “The Humanitarian response depot and the regional Logistics intervention fleet in Ghana, also play significant roles in providing humanitarian assistance in emergencies in Africa.”

Along with highlighting staff stories on its website and through social media, WFP is participating in the United Nations social media campaign with the theme #TheWorldNeedsMore #HumanitarianHeroes, and is encouraging individuals to visit www.WorldHumanitarianDay.org. Here, visitors can learn about those working in the field and also make a difference themselves by raising their voices on the most pressing issues of the day.

Journalists wishing to interview WFP staff in the field, please contact [email protected] Tel, +39 6513 3873 and Mob. +39 348 024 4246.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people.

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For more information please contact (email address: [email protected]):

Magdalena Moshi, WFP/Accra Tel. +233 302 785360-4
Vera Boohene, WFP/Accra Tel. +233 302 785360-4/ +233 244335598

Fabienne Pompey, WFP/Dakar Tel. +221 77 63 759 64

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