Every year on August 19, people across the world take time out to participate in good deeds, hoping to close the gap between love and hate. Coincidentally, this past Sunday marked the ninth anniversary of the bombing in Baghdad, Iraq that killed 22 people. In honor of the victims of this tragic incident as well as numerous others that have taken place around the world, the United Nations began the “I Was Here” campaign in representation of World Humanitarian Day. Earlier this month at the General Assembly Hall of United Nations in New York City, international superstar, Beyonce shot the video for her song “I Was Here” to spearhead the campaign. The video began with a thought:
“One day, one message, one goal. To inspire people all over the world to do something good, no matter how big or small, for someone else.”
Wearing a gorgeous white pre-fall Mark Bouwer gown, Beyonce took the stage and emotionally belted out the intense lyrics of the song while images of recent disasters and footage of humanitarian workers who have made a difference played in the background. This video was released yesterday, August 19, 2012, World Humanitarian Day.
“I feel like we all want to know that our life meant something and that we did something for someone else,” Beyonce said in a statement prior to World Humanitarian Day. “That we spread positivity no matter how big or how small.”
Using Twitter and Facebook affirmations and declarations of good deeds, the United Nations was able to track and pin the various acts of kindness around the world. In response to the UN’s World Humanitarian Day campaign, over a billion people internationally were inspired to leave their mark on the world. To learn more about World Humanitarian Day, visit http://www.whd-iwashere.org/.