Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq, Amiri Diwan Advisor and a UN Envoy, has marked the 19 August designated World Humanitarian Day with an appeal to warring parties in the globe's hot spots to respect UN resolutions that call for providing safe access for relief workers. Dr. Al-Maatouq, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs, in a statement recalled those who had sacrificed their souls in humanitarian service in dangerous countries, namely the UN personnel who died in a bombing attack on the UN buildings in Baghdad on 19 August, 2003. Up to 22 humanitarian workers, along with Sergio Vieira de Mello, the chief of the international mission, perished in the ferocious attack.
He saluted souls of those who have been killed in armed conflicts -- namely old people and children. The International day is an occasion to shed light on activists working in the humanitarian realms worldwide, he said, noting that they risk their lives while trying to secure shelter, food and clothing for those stranded in conflicts and wars.
The State of Kuwait, under leadership of the "Humanitarian Leader," His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, shares the bereaved who have lost their loved ones their sentiments of distress and sorrow, Dr. Al-Maatouq said.
The state of Kuwait, particularly His Highness the Amir, has addressed a message of peace to the world, saying "enough killing, enough wars, enough blood spilling," he stated noting that His Highness has repeatedly made such an appeal in the past at conventions, noting in this respect Kuwait's hosting of three donation conferences to aid the war-afflicted Syrians.