150 years of humanitarian action: Photos past and present

31 December 2014

2013 was the 150th anniversary of the ICRC. 2014 marked the 150th birthday of the original Geneva Convention. So for the last two years, we've been retracing our history and the history of humanitarian endeavour. At the same time, we've been talking about the challenges that humanitarian action faces today. So here's a series of photo galleries, drawing on archive material and recent images, telling the story of how the needs and the humanitarian response have evolved over the last 150 years.

   

Children in war

   

Rules to limit suffering

   

International Prisoners of War Agency

   

The First World War

   

Women and war

   

Health care in danger

   

Protecting prisoners

   

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

   

Modes of transport

   

The ICRC: 150 years of humanitarian action

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