The Founder and Executive Director of the KIEK foundation, Barr. Mrs. Ebele Iyiegbu has paid tribute to aid workers across the globe.
In a press statement issued on Wednesday, 19 August 2020 to commemorate the United Nations World Humanitarian Day, Iyiegbu noted that the role played by aid workers across the globe to bring succour to crises ridden communities cannot be over-emphasised.
She stated that these humanitarians work tirelessly while contending with diverse challenges and unfriendly to serve millions across the world.
“The resilience and dedication of these humanitarians deserves to be commended at such a time like this. Several of them are frontline workers who are treating and preventing COVID-19, providing food to vulnerable people in need, ensuring that women and children are kept safe during the lockdown, while putting their lives on the line to keep the world safe.
Iyiegbu who condemned the killing of some aid workers in Nigeria a few weeks ago by some insurgents described aid workers as endangered species while urging respective governments across the world to do all within their ability to protect aid workers.
Though formalised on the 19th of August 2009 by the United Nations General Assembly, the World Humanitarian Day was set aside in memory of those who lost their lives on the 19th of August 2003 in the bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq of which the chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello lost his life.
An Abuja based NGO established in September 2018 with a mission to restore hope to the less privileged children by combating poverty globally through quality education, healthcare and nutrition to enable them to actualise their potential, the KIEK foundation through the support of good willed individuals and donors reached out to 340 disadvantaged families in Nigeria during the Covid-19 pandemic with relief packages containing food items and toiletries to ease their plight during the lockdown.