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Liberia: 50th anniversary campaign gets under way

18-03-1999 News Release 99/11

The ICRC chose 15 March, the date on which Liberia celebrates the birth of its first president, to launch a number of activities connected with the campaign promoting the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. These activities will continue for a period of several months.

The high point will be reached on 12 August, when a statue symbolizing respect for humanitarian law will be unveiled in Monrovia.

In order to make children and young people familiar with the institution's mandate, the ICRC is also organizing a series of concerts and other artistic events in urban and rural neighbourhoods. In cooperation with the Liberian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, it has invited music groups to perform on stage.

On Monday 15 March nearly 800 young people gathered on a Monrovia beach to listen to 15different acts. The success of this event has meant that the ICRC has received a large number of requests from those wanting to take part in the next concert.

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