By Emmanuel Antswen, Makurdi.
The Benue Hike Group (GHG) on Saturday commemorated the 2022 World Humanitarian Day with the donation of relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.
The group, which also organised a 22.7-kilometre trek in Makurdi as part of the activities marking the day, said that humanitarian work was a very serious business that required the support of everyone.
The United Nations (UN) had in 2009 set aside Aug. 19 of every year to commemorate the death of 22 aid workers bombed on Aug. 19, 2003 in Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq.
The flag-off of the 22.7-kilometre trek, tagged “The Great Trek ’22”, was performed by the Keeper of the group, Mr Tersoo Akura.
Akura, in an address, said that the group aimed to bring humanitarian advocates across the world together to campaign for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, as well as for the safety and security of aid workers.
He said that the importance, effectiveness and positive impact of humanitarian work on humanity could never be over-emphasised.
Akura, however, underscored the need for the international community to support IPDs in Benue.
Represented by the group’s Head of Operation, Mr Faasema Terfa, Akura lauded volunteers, professionals and victims who provided urgent health care, shelter, food, protection and water to the people in need.
“Humanitarianism is an active belief in the value of human life, whereby humans practice benevolent treatment and provide assistance to other humans.
“This is to reduce suffering and improve the conditions of humanity for moral, altruism and emotional reasons.
“To be a humanitarian advocate today, you must have compassion for people, regardless of their pasts, religion, culture and political affiliations.
“You must be neutral, impartial and not being judgmental; you must be one who can work from your heart not your ego,” Akura added.