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150 years of humanitarian action: The First World War

PHOTOS – The First World War caused more death and destruction than any previous conflict. New weapons and methods of warfare were introduced, including chemical weapons and long-range bombardment. The Great War had appalling humanitarian consequences and the ICRC, supported by the 38 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in existence at the time, did everything it could to alleviate at least some of the suffering.... ...Read more

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Reaching people in need

We believe that it’s essential to be on-the-ground and in close proximity to the people we help. This way we can better understand their needs and respond appropriately and efficiently.

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Ensuring IHL does what it’s meant to do – protect

We strive to ensure that international humanitarian law continues to be relevant to today’s conflicts and protects the most vulnerable. We actively seek to achieve better respect for IHL by engaging with fighters and those who influence their behaviour.

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Empowering people and communities

We believe that people affected by conflict and armed violence should play a central role in deciding their aid. They know their environment and what they need. After all, they’re the ones concerned.

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Making the most of the diverse humanitarian landscape

We believe that the diversity of the humanitarian response makes it possible to better meet the needs of vulnerable people. 

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