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A history of humanity: The three emblems of humanity

25-07-2014 Interview

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.