A history of humanity: The three emblems of humanity
While planning out their new volunteer relief society, Henry Dunant and the other ICRC founding members wanted to create a single, distinctive emblem to help distinguish health-care workers on the battlefield. The symbol they chose was a red cross on a white background. But while there was originally supposed to be only one emblem, two additional emblems were later adopted: the red crescent and the red crystal. Historian François Bugnion brings you the story of the three emblems of humanity.