Romania 1989: the end of the Cold War and the start of ICRC operations in Europe
16-10-2009 Photo gallery
The fall of the Romanian government in December 1989 was a key event in the ending of the Cold War. The need for emergency aid was less acute than media reports had indicated, but the ICRC responded swiftly to the crisis: a first team landed in Bucharest on 22 December, only eleven hours after the fall of the regime. On the ground, the ICRC had its hands full reminding parties of their obligations under IHL and managing the huge quantities of relief goods generously donated by National Societies and others.