The White House marked World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday by noting that 460 aid workers were the victims of violence in 30 countries last year.
“As the world’s largest humanitarian donor, the United States expresses its deepest respect to these individuals dedicated to serving others,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “The world needs more of their dedication, selflessness, and courage.”
Mr. Schultz said the need for humanitarian aid is the greatest since the end of World War II in 1945.
“Nearly 11 million Syrians and Iraqis have fled for their lives,” he said, without mentioning the threat of Islamic State fighters whose rise has caused President Obama to send U.S. troops back to Iraq.
“Millions need shelter, food, water, and medical care in the wake of factional fighting in the Central African Republic and a clash among South Sudan’s political leaders has put millions of people at risk of famine,” Mr. Schultz said. “In these places and others — including Gaza, Somalia, Yemen, and now West Africa with the Ebola outbreak — humanitarians assume great personal risk to help those in need.”