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The power of humanity
100 years of Red Cross and Red Crescent action in images
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The great carnage


World War I. A postcard printed in memory of Edith Cavell, an English nurse who was executed by the Germans in 1915 after treating wounded allied soldiers and helping them escape from occupied Belgium. The security of volunteers and members is an issue which the Movement has faced since it first stepped on the battlefield. World War I. Behind every battlefield was a Red Cross medical corps ready to treat the wounded. The 'war to end all wars' brought about a rapid growth in the membership of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, as well as an expansion of activities. By the end of the war, the number of members exceeded the total number of troops engaged in fighting. Beyond conflict.
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Between the wars


Ukraine, 1921. On 5 May 1919, the League of Red Cross Societies was born. Its first mandate was to help the millions of people dying of famine and disease in Eastern Europe and Russia.
China, 1921. Floods have plagued China throughout its history. Efforts are underway to break this cycle of disaster, but history continues to repeat itself as millions were displaced again this year.
The economic depression of the 1930s destroyed the livelihoods of millions of Americans. When the US government made food available for the unemployed, the task of distributing supplies was given to the 3,700 chapters of the American Red Cross. Beyond conflict.
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