Mélange du Mercredi/ICRC Library & Archives Official Blog: Cross-Files

Mélange du Mercredi/ICRC Library & Archives Official Blog: Cross-Files

Cross-Files is the ICRC Library and Archives - including audiovisual archives - official blog. Its purpose is to highlight and bring out specific items or collections as a whole. We encourage researcher to explore ICRC History, IHL and humanitarian action through these collections and we provide tools to support this exploration.

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ICRC Day of Remembrance Honors Those who have Died in Line of Duty

ICRC Day of Remembrance Honors Those who have Died in Line of Duty

At 4 a.m. on December 17, 1996, a group of armed men murdered six ICRC colleagues at the ICRC field hospital in Novye Atagi, Chechnya, as they slept in their quarters. Twenty years later, we remember and honor all of those who have died in the line of duty. Today in Geneva, a “March of Remembrance” took place, starting in front of the United Nations and ending at ICRC Headquarters. Families of ICRC staff killed in the line of duty, current and former ICRC staff, and other representatives of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement took part. A photo exhibition “Ray of Hope – A Story of Commitment” is also being displayed in Geneva as a tribute to the ICRC staff who have lost their lives, illustrating the depth of their commitment to aiding victims of war around the world. Select images from "Ray of Hope" are shown here. 

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The ICRC In Yemen, Part II: 1964-1969

The ICRC In Yemen, Part II: 1964-1969

Yemen's geography and climate, its lack of basic infrastructure and the complexity of local, national and regional politics continue to be a challenge for the ICRC throughout 1964. Hostilities continue unabated and, too often, so do violations of international humanitarian law. 

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The ICRC In Yemen, Part I: 1962-1963

The ICRC In Yemen, Part I: 1962-1963

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the ICRC has been present and active in the country for over 50 years. This two-part multimedia post offers an in-depth look at a period spanning 1962 to 1969 and at an action that might well have been exemplar in the context of a conflict ICRC archivist Fabrizio Bensi describes as "asymetric".

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In DR Congo, a dire situation today... and 35 years ago

In DR Congo, a dire situation today... and 35 years ago

Sadly, we have been present in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the last 35 years and while the geography and dynamics of the conflict might have changed, the same fundamental problem - disrespect of the basic principles of IHL by parties - persists.

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From the field - Ten years of ICRC action at Guantanamo

From the field - Ten years of ICRC action at Guantanamo

Ten years ago today, the ICRC conducted its first visit to persons held by the US at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The camp had been opened for seven days when a team of delegates arrived on the island on January 18, 2002. 

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Audio memory - The ICRC radio archive

Audio memory - The ICRC radio archive

The ICRC owns a unique and little known collection of radio broadcasts that tell the story of half a century of humanitarian action, from the immediate aftermath of WW II era up to the 1990s. I will in coming months dig into this treasure chest and work with Florence Zurcher, ICRC Audio Archivist, to share with you rarely heard recordings that bring to life the rich history of the ICRC and its work during the Cold War.

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