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

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A world gone mad




Hiroshima, 6 August 1945, 24 hours after the bombing. The war in the Far East ended after the deployment of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In a statement after the bombing, the ICRC said: "There can be no doubt that war... has taken on a character so devastating and so widespread that the thoughts and labours of all should be turned to the paramount task of making impossible the resort to arms."
World War II, French refugee caught in the grip of war. The statistics are clear. War victims, World War I: soldiers killed 86 per cent, civilians killed 14 per cent. World War II: soldiers killed 33 per cent, civilians killed 67 per cent. Focus on humanity.


American and German medical teams working together, 1944-1945.




Deportation of Jewish families from the Warsaw ghetto. During World War II the ICRC protected millions of prisoners of war on the basis of the Geneva Convention of 1929. However the absence of legal tools in favour of civilian populations was blatant. The ICRC's refusal to denounce publicly Nazi persecutions remains the most controversial moment in the institution's history.


World War II, 1939-1945. Wounded Russian soldier receiving first aid on the front line.
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