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