In 2013, the ICRC celebrated its 150th anniversary, and Switzerland celebrated 150 years at the forefront of international humanitarian assistance. To mark the occasion, the Swiss Embassy in Madagascar and the ICRC's regional Indian Ocean delegation organized a photo exhibition on the theme of war victims. The exhibition's three-year tour of Madagascar recently came to an end.
The exhibition, entitled "War from the Victims' Perspective – Photographs by Jean Mohr," sensitively and respectfully displayed portraits of the victims of conflict, refugees and communities torn apart by war and still under threat. The photos focused on the emblematic cases of Palestine, Cyprus and Africa.
Jean Mohr, a Swiss humanist photographer and former ICRC delegate, sought early on to understand and communicate the plight of civilians trapped in situations of war. Making Jean Mohr's work accessible to the people of Madagascar represented an opportunity to promote international humanitarian law in the country.
The exhibition was displayed for the first time outside Switzerland in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, in November 2013, before moving to Fianarantsoa from April to June 2014 and finally to Morondava in June 2015. In Antananarivo alone, more than 1,200 visitors came to see the exhibition. Here is a brief photo reportage of the highlights of this wonderful exhibition.