World Humanitarian Day: Statement by Commissioner for Human Rights Löning
Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (19 August 2013) to mark World Humanitarian Day:
"Humanitarian assistance is more important than ever before. The desperate situation of the Syrian refugees is an especially shocking example. Humanitarian assistance alleviates the suffering of men, women and children who have been forced to leave their homes or adversely affected by natural disasters or war. Large numbers of volunteers, who defy danger to help people in need, and numerous donors are demonstrating their solidarity with the victims. I would like to express to them my special thanks today. The German Government is one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance around the world. (…) Offering shelter in Germany for refugees is part of our humanitarian work."