The ICRC: 150 years of humanitarian action
08-02-2013 Photo gallery
For 150 years the ICRC has been striving to alleviate the suffering of victims of war and violence, wherever they may be. Initially restricted to caring for sick and wounded soldiers on the battlefield, the scope of the ICRC's work quickly grew to include other groups caught up in war and its consequences. The constantly changing nature of war and other violence has continually thrown up new challenges for humanitarian action. Throughout this time, the ICRC has tirelessly adapted to the latest developments, with the sole aim of protecting and assisting people affected by armed conflict.