The Unsung heroes
By Talha Masood
Every person who decides to stand firmly against the troubles of his/her life and endure its consequences is a hero of his/her own story. Even more heroic are those whose initiative is not only limited to their own selves but also undertakes to provide help and relief to as many people in need as they can. It is precisely to celebrate and honour such silent heroes that every 19th of August is celebrated as world humanitarian Day.
The day is designated as the world humanitarian Day in memory of the 22 people who lost their lives in 19th August 2003 bombing at Canal Hotel in Baghdad Iraq. These 22 people also included the Chief humanitarian in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Their sacrifices, like countless others in the cause of serving humanity, compels any conscientious person to acknowledge the fact that in times of crisis the boundaries of caste and creed, race and religion, cultures and countries, our only to be recognised as distinct marks of our identities and nothing else. For no matter who we are, from which part of the world, regardless of the ideology we support, if any 1 of us is in pain and suffering from anything which can be dealt with, the only boundaries need to be considered are of being a person, a part of humanity or of any alien species. And since each and every 1 of us share the same bond of humanity, it is but natural that we understand the loss and anguish of any 1 of us as indeed suffering for all of us.
For instance, the death and devastation caused by the Covid19 pandemic have shaken the entire world to its very roots. Interestingly, it has also revealed many unparalleled heroes of our time. Such as the doctors who have repeatedly put their lives at stake to battle and subdue coronavirus, those patients who have endured its agony to emerge as battle-scarred veteran warriors or to attain the nobility of martyrdom, and those non-profit organisations who have tirelessly spent all their resources to minimise its socio-economic damages to our societies. All deserve to be appreciated and saluted as the heroes of humanity. In Pakistan HDF alone has managed to provide for 5000 below the poverty line families in its regions. Not to mention that there are many other such organisations at work to achieve the same purpose. Additionally, upholding their humanitarian values, many volunteers of varying ages, teenagers, young adults, adults, stepped forth to provide their assistance when and wherever required.
In essence dear reader, world humanitarian Day not only serves to appreciate such unsung heroes of our time but also stands as a reminder to all of us that in our individual capacities we all have the potential to be heroes of our own lives as well as of others. All that it takes is an ironclad resolve to brave the stormy seas of our lives with a placid smile on our faces and an enduring heart to survive its turbulence, to have a heart and broadening our scope of understanding to own every person as a part of our own individual existence. For as John Donne so aptly puts it in his poem:
“No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.”
Written by Talha Masood