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All but indifference

Like elsewhere in the world, Jordan commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions in different ways. One feature marking this event was to issue a special telephone card carrying the "Power of Humanity" logo on one side and a humanitarian message on the other. The message is from George Bernard Shaw and reads: "The biggest sin we could commit against our fellow human beings is not to hate them but to be indifferent. For indifference is most inhuman." ALO - a telephone company - issued 100,000 copies of this card, valid until December 2000 which have been circulating not only in Jordan but also to many card collectors abroad.

More medical aid in Ingushetia

With more and more people fleeing the fighting in Chechnya, hospitals in Ingushetia (Russian Federation) are having more difficulties in coping with the increasing number of patients, most of whom are referred to the maternity and paediatric wards. The ICRC has stepped up its assistance to five hospitals in Ingushetia to meet the growing needs. Meanwhile, distributions of food parcels, hygiene kits, candles and blankets have continued in the region. To date, the ICRC and the local branch of the Russian Red Cross have helped nearly 90,000 people displaced by the crisis.

Geneva Conventions on the summit

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, five mountaineers from Georgia climbed to the top of a 3,900-metre-high massif in the Kutaisi region. Once on the summit, they planted flags with the red cross and red crescent emblems and placed a commemorative plaque inscribed with the mountain's new name: "Geneva Conventions".

Dreams for tomorrow  

Over 50,000 people rang in the new year in central Tokyo. Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi was one of them. He spoke to the cheering crowd and expressed his wish that the new millennium bring peace on earth. A huge "power of humanity" logo was lit following his speech.
The Japanese Red Cross, as one of the organizers of the new year's celebrations, asked children participating in Red Cross programmes worldwide to write down dreams for their future. A young girl suffering from kidney disease as a result of the Chernobyl disaster was among the replies. Her wish is to become a hairdresser to help women look pretty. An orphan in Rwanda said he was studying hard to become a medical doctor. All the messages were recited by Japanese Junior Red Cross members just before the countdown and the launch of 2,000 balloons together with the lighting of the millennium logo.

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