Today is World Humanitarian Day, when the United Nations remembers aid workers who have lost their lives whilst trying to help other people. This year the United Nations would like us all to answer a simple question:
"What do you think the world needs more of?"
You can find out how to answer the question publicly here and you can sponsor a word either by donating money or by using the word with twitter hashtags as explained in the link. My word is "empathy".
This day also celebrates "the spirit which inspires humanitarian work around the globe" and I think that this spirit was demonstrated last Thursday [the Ferragosto holiday] in Sicily, when beachgoers formed a human chain to help 160 migrants, including several pregnant women and around 50 children, to reach the shore after their boat got into trouble near Morghella beach in Siracusa Province. You can see what happened in this video.
President Napolitano said that the beachgoers had brought honour to Italy because they had shown that Italians' sense of humanity and solidarity is stronger than any prejudice or fear.
Dionne Warwick - What the World Needs Now