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aid workers

The relentless bombardment on innocent civilians continue with casualties, death and destruction occurring every second. But this is just an ordinary day in Aleppo where simply every place is a target -- mosques, morgues, markets, bakeries, hospitals, ambulances, fire trucks, with absolutely nowhere safe for people to go.
For Canadian humanitarians working in the field, the security threat has never been more serious. There are more attacks on aid workers than ever before, which is why today, World Humanitarian Day, we highlight the personal sacrifices they make to lift up the world's most vulnerable people.
Our calm, peaceful morning was shattered with sudden gunfire, like the cracking of a whip. I remembered thinking how unprepared I was -- we all were -- to be in that situation. At the time, I knew there were risks, but my youthful naiveté led me to the conclusion I was immune to them. Now I know better.
Although they are not soldiers, humanitarians working abroad face risks like war, disease, and nature's wrath. In honour of World Humanitarian Day on August 19, we are introducing you to a few of the too-many Canadians who have given their lives in the service of others.
Gas shortages have instilled immense fear in families living in Nepal's remote mountain regions -- empty gas tanks mean vital goods can't reach the far-flung the mountain villages. The urgency increases every day as the winter snows approach, cutting off remote communities altogether.