International Committee of the Red Cross

150 years of humanitarian action: Photos past and present

Article 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