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Facts and figures

30-04-2010 Facts and Figures

Key Points

Key facts 

  • The man whose vision led to the ICRC's creation, Henry Dunant, became the joint first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901.
  •  Dunant's plea after the battle of Solferino in 1859 brought about the adoption of the Geneva Convention and the creation of Red Cross / Red Crescent societies.
  •  The ICRC has been active for the victims of most major conflicts since 1863, from classical conflicts to civil wars, guerrilla campaigns to the "War on Terror".
  •  From helping wounded soldiers, the ICRC's mission has grown to cover all aspects of humanitarian work in conflicts.
  •  The ICRC works to reunite families separated by conflict and disaster and establish the fate of those who are missing.