Wednesday 17 January 2018

Helping Somalia means walking a fine line between need and safety

Dominic Crowley

EIGHT years ago today, a suicide bomber drove a truck-bomb into the United Nations assistance mission in Baghdad, Iraq.

Twenty-two people, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations special representative in Iraq, were killed. The bomb, which also injured at least 100 people, was so large that its shockwaves were felt more than a mile away.

Today marks the third occasion of World Humanitarian Day, an annual event on the anniversary of the Baghdad bombing to recognise those promoting the humanitarian cause, especially those who have lost their lives in doing so.

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