"Short, engaging, directed at us all but with focal point on our youths, this write-up for World Humanitarian Day reminds us all of our responsibility to the society and to give whatever we can, no matter how little. And of course, to do that while we still have the time"- Editor's note
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I do not care about the reasons each country or group has for whatever action they have taken that has resulted in this huge loss of lives and wanton destruction of properties. What I am concerned about is the pain and agony that many families have been made to suffer across the world. My country, Nigeria, has not been spared. For years now, the terrorist group, Boko Haram, has caused the death of thousands and rendered many homeless. And most recently, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has become our greatest fear just as in other countries ailing from it. Since the emergence of EVD, it has claimed over 1,000 lives in West Africa and still counting.
We do not have resources to end poverty and terrorism but we can begin a campaign against it calling on government and other duty bearers to take actions. We do not have a cure for EVD but we can continue to sensitize the public on taking precautionary measures.
Youths own the social media space. Over 60 percent of social media users are youths but what exactly do we use the social media for? It's high time we began to use the social media for social justice! A short post on Facebook, a striking tweet on Twitter can cause someone somewhere to take action; an action that would reverse these ugly trends and set us once again on the right path.
As we commemorate another World Humanitarian Day, I salute the courage and sacrifices of humanitarian volunteers particularly those that have paid the ultimate price in service to humanity. The rest of us can't afford to remain silent, we've got to speak up! We can't afford to keep our arms akimbo, we've got to rise up to the challenge!
If we don't fight to save today, we won't live to see tomorrow.
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