people around the world do amazing things for those most
in need. Nuraini, a grandmother, used her pension to build
a kindergarten in Indonesia. Abbas Sedri helps his community
prepare for disaster in the Iranian city of Bam. Françoise
Désirée seeks out people at risk of contracting
HIV in Cameroon, while Jean Guerlain risks his own life to
transport people to hospital in Haiti. These people, featured
in this issue of Red Cross Red Crescent magazine,
epitomize the spirit of the 2009 ‘Our world. Your move.’ campaign.
Each of us can make a difference.
This global campaign honours key milestones in our history — the
battle of Solferino, the birth of the International Federation
and the adoption of the Geneva Conventions — and highlights
those who inspired us to join together. Exactly 150 years
ago, one man, Henry Dunant, had an idea that has grown into
what is now the International Red Cross and Red Crescent
Movement, a global movement with nearly 100 million staff
We pause to consider the task ahead. And we choose to take
action for good. The campaign is a clear call to action,
urging people to reach out, make a move and better their
world, in their own lives or in the Red Cross Red Crescent
Movement. The message is that every person who heeds the
call to act has the power to make a difference.
It can be tempting to turn away when we hear about our world
today. Climate change, financial crisis, conflict and food
insecurity — what can any individual do to make a difference?
Yet there is a universal humanitarian spirit that prompts
us to act for good. Through our actions, we show that we