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Somalia - Mogadishu

Mogadishu. Internally displaced persons camp. 800,000 people - refugees and displaced persons - are living in huts and ruined buildings in the capital.

2006-12-03 © ICRC / SCHAEFFER, Benoît


James Nachtwey photographed detainees held by the Afghan authorities like the man in this photo. Sasha, an ICRC interpreter based in Kabul, accompanied him. Afterwards, Sasha spoke of what he had learnt:

"I discovered that many of them had held on to their sense of themselves, that they had emerged intact from some very difficult situations. Sometimes, I ask myself: 'In a situation like theirs, would I have done as well?' How they managed to preserve their dignity: this is the astonishing thing for me."

2009-03, © ICRC/VII / NACHTWEY, James

Fundamental Principles

Fundamental principles of the Red Cross adopted unanimously by the XXth international conference of the Red Cross in Vienna, October 1965.

1965-10 © ICRC archives (ARR)

Afghanistan - Kabul

Kabul. Women and children attending a course on mine awareness.

ICRC provides local mine safety training classes in schools, clinics and mosques throughout Afghanistan. The training courses are provided for men, women and children alike so that Afghans have a clear knowledge of what to avoid in the field.

2006-09-11 © ICRC / AHAD, Zalmaï