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100th Anniversary of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

06/03/2019 1:37 PM | Anonymous

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – which serves as the convener of the 191 national societies around the globe. 

Swiss businessman, Henri Dunant, sought to transform the devastation of the battlefield of Solferino into something positive and innovative – a global humanitarian network with the goal of helping those in need during times of conflict.  He organized the women he met in Solferino and Castigione delle Stievere to provide first aid and care to the many wounded left lying on the battlefield.  They paid no attention to soldier’s nationality, and thus laid the foundation for neutral and impartial humanitarian action.  Click here for a historical timeline of the IFRC

For a free digital download of Memory of Solferino, the book written by Henry Dunant after he witnessed the Battle of Solferino click on https://www.icrc.org/en/publication/0361-memory-solferino.


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