Today August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, a day when we advocate for the safety of humanitarian workers around the world. On World Humanitarian Day for 2019, we are focusing on women humanitarians who continue to demonstrate outstanding resourcefulness on the frontline of crises around the world.
For Africa, let World Humanitarian Days be days for unwavering reflection and not for fickle celebrations. Over 80 per cent of international humanitarian action and presence is in Africa.
15 of the 23 countries appealing for humanitarian aid in 2019 are from Africa. There are more international humanitarian footprints in Africa than any other parts of the world. Many of these international humanitarian presences are over 20 years.
Instead of getting out, more African countries are getting into the cycle of international humanitarian presence, Nigeria ‘the giant of Africa’ is the latest, which is truly distressing to me and still a shock to many.
On this World Humanitarian Day, I implore all African countries that have had international humanitarian assistance, presence and action for more than five years to ask why! My wish for this World Humanitarian Day is that international humanitarian assistance would cease to be the main way Africa features in the global arena.