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19-Aug-2019 00:01:33
The United Nations marked World Humanitarian Day today at its New York Headquarters with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony paying tribute to the lives lost on this date in 2003 during an attack in Baghdad, and honouring the contribution of tens of thousands of women humanitarian aid workers who provide life-saving support to vulnerable people caught up in crises.UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 19 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

19 AUGUST 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security officers at wreath-laying
3. Zoom in, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed lays wreath with official
4. Zoom out, General Assembly lobby, moment of silence
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations: “Those who attack the United Nations want to make us afraid, feel weak, and to retreat. Today, as we honour those who inspired us to be bold and determine to go forward, let us re-invest our courage. We cherish the memory of these courageous and dedicated humanitarians. Their legacy is lasting and ever-present in the families and colleagues that they leave behind. It lives on in our commitment to save people from misery and death, and our determination to create a better future for all.”
6. Tracking shot, Mohammed greets participants
7. Zoom in, wreath
STORYLINE
The United Nations marked World Humanitarian Day today (19 Aug) at its New York Headquarters with a solemn wreath-laying ceremony paying tribute to the lives lost on this date in 2003 during an attack in Baghdad, and honouring the contribution of tens of thousands of women humanitarian aid workers who provide life-saving support to vulnerable people caught up in crises.

The day is commemorated each year on 19 August, the date back in 2003 when the UN headquarters in Baghdad was targeted by a large terrorist truck bomb, killing 22 people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top representative in Iraq.

This year’s focus salutes the efforts of women humanitarian workers across the world who rally to people in need and are often the first to respond and the last to leave.

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed said, “Those who attack the United Nations want to make us afraid, feel weak, and to retreat.” She added that the legacy of those lost “lives on in our commitment to save people from misery and death, and our determination to create a better future for all.”

Participants at the ceremony observed a moment of silence.

Across the globe, 250,000 aid workers are women – a figure that amounts to more than 40 per cent of the humanitarian workforce. But aid work is becoming increasingly dangerous.

Since August 2003, more than 4,500 aid workers of all genders have been killed, injured, detained, assaulted or kidnapped while carrying out their work. That averages out to five attacks per week. Moreover, women humanitarians are at particularly high risk of robbery, sexual assault and other violence. The UN emphasizes that under international law, all humanitarian workers must be safeguarded.
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