The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) Thursday, May 8, joined the International Committee of the Red Crescent and Red Cross (ICRC) in observance of activities marking the celebration of the 153rd anniversary of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Monrovia.
Thursday’s activities included a parade through the principal streets, which was followed by an indoor program held in the Slipway Community as well as sporting events that brought together several interesting local teams.
In the historical highlights, the secretary-general of the LNRCS, Fayiah Tamba, reminded the audience that the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Movement celebrates the month of May each year as a moment for reflection of its humanitarian works that highlight the critical humanitarian issues, which affect the different categories of “vulnerable people.”
According to Mr. Tamba, most of the vulnerable people are women, children and the developmentally or physically challenged people as well as use the occasion to voice out imperative to address the needs of vulnerable peoples both within and outside the country’s boundary.
This month’s celebration, accordingly, is of significant importance, “because it marks the occasion of the 153rd anniversary since the Movement was founded in 1861; a dream of one man, the Swiss humanitarian, visionary and philanthropist, Jean Henri Dunant.”
The activities coincided with the celebration of the 150 years of the first Geneva Conventions that grew out of a diplomatic conference held in Geneva, Switzerland.
For his part, ICRC head of delegation, Jean-Jerome Casablanca, underscored the importance of the day for the RCRC Movement, “because, around the world, literally millions of RCRC Movement staff and volunteers celebrate the birth of an ambitious (determined) idea.”
In 1863, what are today’s Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the ICRC, the Federation, and National societies, was born.
151 years later, the RC and RC Movement has remained the largest humanitarian network around the world, providing relief to millions of vulnerable people and victims of unforeseen circumstances (natural disasters).
Yesterday’s event coincided also with the 95th anniversary of the creation of the LNRCS, which was established in 1919.
Meanwhile, Mr. Casablanca has said that despite the landmarks made so far by the LNRCS, there remain many challenges.
With that, he said, LNRCS needs the support of all, to accomplish its mission and fulfill its mandate.
According to him, this year is important as well, as it marks the 150th anniversary of the first Geneva Convention—the first international humanitarian law treaty that aimed at mitigating the effects of armed conflicts on the civilian population, and on those who don’t or no longer participate in the conflict, particularly the wounded and the prisoners.