Agency: Swift
Date: Aug 2020
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World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August, to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service. UNOCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) partnered with Swift, to create 'Real Life Heroes,' a digital campaign featuring real humanitarians from around the globe.

The campaign elements include a long-form anthem film, humanitarian content, and comic strips for use on social media and UN’s website.

Humanitarians provide medical care and life-saving services to those caught in crises. These courageous people fight famine and flood, displacement and disease, war, and injustice and this year, a pandemic. UNOCHA recognized that Covid-19 made humanitarians’ difficult jobs that much harder.

The centerpiece of the ‘Real Life Heroes’ campaign is a film featuring real humanitarians from around the globe that celebrates their truly heroic feats. To dive deeper into the stories of individuals, Swift collaborated with an award-winning local independent comic publisher to illustrate experiences of real humanitarians in comic art.


Agency Credits:


Don Shelford, Executive Creative Director

Dana Stalker, Creative Director

Kate Digilio, Associate Creative Director

Jessea Hankins, Senior Writer


Mariel Chavez

Philip Roop

Seunghoi An


Frank Brooks, Director of Production

Cody Liesinger, Editor

Matt Hilber, Editor

Bryan Smaller, Colorist, Company 3

We Are Walker, Music


Britta Larson, Group Account Director

Danica Borgese, Account Director

Casey Williams, Account Supervisor

Brittni Busch, Business Development Director


Adrienne Hudspeth, Program Director

Ben Beatty, Sr. Project Manager

BreAnna Wilson, Sr Project Manager

Liz Wilson, Associate Project Manager

Kehlay Dunah, Associate Project Manager


Kate McElroy, Strategy Director

Joey Zolfaghari, Strategic Planner


Melanie Costello, Associate Director of Data Science


Cover illustration:

Artist: Williams Obrou ZouZouo

Comic for Dr. Marie Roseline Darnycka Bélizaire

Writer: Arvid Nelson

Artist: Amber L. Jones

Letterer: Nate Piekos

Comic for Dr. Edna Patricia Gomez

Writer: Arvid Nelson

Artist: Jose Pimienta

Letterer: Nate Piekos

Comic for Dr. Debryna Dewi Lumanauw

Writer: Arvid Nelson

Artist: Isip Xin

Letterer: Nate Piekos

Comic for Dr. Mohamed Hassan Mohamud

Writer: Arvid Nelson

Artist: Thomas Reilly

Letterer: Nate Piekos

Comic for Ismael and the Barikamá Food Collective

Writer: Arvid Nelson

Artist: Jenis Littles

Letterer: Nate Piekos

Editor: Shantel LaRocque (Dark Horse Comics)

Director of Special Programs: Kari Yadro (Dark Horse Comics)