150 years of humanitarian action
Thanks to your support, we have been helping and protecting victims of armed conflicts for more than 150 years.
- 1864: Geneva ConventionMoved by his experiences at the Battle of Solferino, Henry Dunant takes the first steps towards setting up the ICRC. The original Geneva Convetion enshrines the obligation to spare and protect wounded soldiers and the people and equipment involved in their care, no matter what side they are on.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / v-p-hist-00122
- 1964-1980s: Vietnam WarThe ICRC helps South-East Asian refugees after 1980, but during the conflict the organization's activities are hampered by both sides. In Cambodia, the ICRC reaches more vulnerable people after the fail of the Khmer Rouge.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / v-p-vn-n-00013-30
- 1992-1995: Bosnian WarIn the days after the fall of Srebrenica, civilians fleeing the city start to arrive in Tuzla. Despite the danger, ICRC employees spend the next two weeks scouring the countryside to pick up those who can no longer walk to bring them to safety.© Croix-Rouge danoise / M. Ostergaard / v-p-yu-d-00032-16
- 2011: Syrian Civil WarAfter years of civil war, millions have fled their homes or sought refuge across the border, and much of the country has been reducted to rubble. But working alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the ICRC has access to areas other humanitarian organizations cannot go.CC BY-NC-ND / Magnum Photos for ICRC / SESSINI Jérôme / v-p-sy-e-00601
- 2014: Urkaine CrisisSince the start of the fighting, the ICRC maintains a dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities to respond quickly to issues of humanitarian concern and support the first-aid work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / DONDYUK Maxim / v-p-ua-e-00170