Here's why the UN is asking for your selfies

Anna Gabrielle Cerezo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2018 03:59 PM

The United Nations is taking action against violence committed against civilians and humanitarian workers caught in conflict.

But instead of signing a petition demanding protection for civilians and aid workers caught in conflict with a pen, the UN is calling for selfies instead.

The gathered selfies will be projected on a 3D installation at the United Nations in New York. The photos will make up a digital sculpture, which will be known as the world's first "living petition."

"Thousands of faces will be on display to remind world leaders of their legal obligation to protect civilians in conflict,” Mark Lowcock, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Humanitarian Affairs chief, said in a statement.

The digital display will bring attention to the suffering of millions of civilians caught in conflict around the world.

Worldwide, thousands of innocent people are forced to flee from their own homes. The wrath of conflicts have deprived citizens of their basic needs leaving them with no food, water -- or worse, family.

Accoring to the UN, in 2017 alone, three out of every four victims that had been killed or injured by explosive weapons were civilians.

Meanwhile, 139 aid workers lost their lives while delivering assistance in conflicted areas, 102 were left wounded on duty while 72 have been reported kidnapped.

For the fifth consecutive year in 2017, more than 100 humanitarian workers have fallen while on duty.

While it is the world leaders being called out to take action, everyone is urged to join the movement.