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Spain - Madrid

Spanish civil war, 1936-1939. Madrid. The Red Cross Central Hospital.

1937 © CR Espagne

Nigeria - Udo

Biafra conflict. Udo, Swedish Red Cross distribution center. Before a food distribution.


Afghanistan - Khyber Pass

Khyber Pass. Convoy of the ICRC from Peshawar to Jalalabad. Convoy of 22 trucks carrying 14 tons of flour each.

1994-05-19 © ICRC / GASSMANN, Thierry

Somalia - Mogadishu

Mogadishu. Internally displaced persons receive food from the ICRC in a joint operation with the Somali Red Crescent.

ICRC website, Operational Update, 31/08/2012

Somalis have continued to suffer the consequences of major food insecurity and conflict over the first half of 2012. Despite the difficult situation, the ICRC has delivered food to 1.4 million people in the country since the beginning of the year.

2012-07 © ICRC / WARSAME, Omar B.

Somalia - Bossasso prison

Bossasso prison. An ICRC delegate is conducting an interview without witness with a detainee.

These interviews allow the ICRC to assess the detention conditions. The ICRC has visited places of detention in Somalia since 2012.

2014-11-05 © ICRC / YAZDI, Pedram

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)