The United Nations had declared 19th August as World Humanitarian Day which pays tribute to the aid workers who don’t think twice before risking their lives in social service. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest, compassionate humanitarians who taught us the true purpose of life:
The 1979 Noble Peace Prize recipient Mother Teresa doesn’t need an introduction. Her famous white sari with a blue border and that soft smile on her face speak for her pure heart that has always strived to work for humanity. Known for her work towards healing people suffering from leprosy, helping the homeless and the poor, especially in the slums of Kolkata, Mother Teresa has been an inspiration for many.
Twenty-seven years in prison for being a part of the anti-apartheid movement, receiving the Noble Peace Prize at the age of 74 and then going on to become the first black President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was one legend. In one of his most popular speeches, he said, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
A mother of six, Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie became aware of the people of the war-affected countries when she was shooting in Cambodia for Martin Luther King, JrLara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001. That same year, she contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and started her humanitarian work. Ever since, Jolie has worked towards the relief of the dispossessed refugees in more than 30 countries.
She was shot in her forehead by the Taliban at the age of 15, simply because she voiced out for girl education in her hometown Swat valley in Pakistan. Malala Yousafzai is the youngest-ever Noble Peace laureate. Furthering her activism, last year on her 18th birthday, Malala opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon which could admit nearly 200 girls between 14 to 18 years of age.
Martin Luther King, Jr
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a strong social reformer who fought for African-American civil rights during the 1950-60s. He won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35 and on being notified about it, he made an announcement that he would further the prize money to the civil rights movement.