United Nations agencies in Niger commemorated August 19 as World Humanitarian Day (JMAH). The commemorative ceremony was chaired by Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and senior representatives of UN bodies in Niger.
With the theme this year "Civilians are not a target", the organizers wanted to draw attention to the attacks perpetrated in the regions of Tahoua, Tillabery and Diffa, which have left many victims among civilians and displaced people.
After the official ceremony, enriched by the speeches of the governor of the city of Niamey, the minister of humanitarian action, the resident representative of the UN system in Niger and other officials, a booth visit took place within of the congress palace where the head of the government and his ministers had ample explanation on the actions that IOM conducts in Niger through its various structures to help migrants, displaced people and also in the youth entrepreneurship.
At the same time, IOM also participated in activities related to the celebration of the day through our colleagues and the Zinder Governorate. The ceremony was closed with a donation of non-food item kits to the 50 families affected by floods in the city of Zinder.
IOM's emergency humanitarian response program in Diffa is supported by the Austrian Cooperation for Development (Austrian Development Agency) et le U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
Take a look below at the video made with our colleagues from United Nations OCHA in Niger.