Every day, humanitarian aid workers stand on the front lines of war and disaster, braving great dangers to deliver assistance to those in need. To pay tribute to these unsung heroes, 19 August has been designated as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).
As part of this year’s commemoration, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launched a photography exhibition in New York entitled “When I Grow Up.”
By photographing African children aged six to 18, whose young lives have already been beleaguered with hardships, photographer Vincent Tremeau documented their aspirations by capturing each dressed in the clothing of the adult they aspire to be.
"World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
Events will be held around the world on 19 August to honor the work of humanitarian workers and to celebrate the theme of ‘One Humanity’