The International Committee of the Red Cross
Celebrating its working years in Lebanon, the International Committee of the Red Cross organized a photographic exhibition under the title: “the International Committee of the Red Cross: 40 years in Lebanon” in the Glass Hall of the Ministry of Tourism in Hamra (Beirut).
The opening was attended by the Director General of the Ministry of Tourism Mrs. Nada El Sardouk, representing his Excellency Prime Minister Fouad El Sanyoura, Mr. Marwan Choukri, the Chief of the Foreign Correspondents Chamber, representing the Minister of Information, Mr. Ghazi El Aridi, and a number of representatives from some embassies, foreign delegations, organizations, friends and members, volunteers and directors from the Lebanese Red Cross. The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross – delegation in Lebanon Jurdi Raich, the President of the Lebanese Red Cross Sheikh Sami El Dahdah and the Director of the Palestinian Red Crescent Bureau in Lebanon Dr. Ibrahim Ossman all made speeches on this occasion.
The exhibition which lasted from 16th to the 20th of December introduced the International Committee and its functions. It reminded us of the incidents occurred in Lebanon when the Countries assigned to the “Committee” the responsibilities of protecting the victims of the armed conflict and helping them through the Geneva four conventions of the year 1949 and their two additional protocols of the year 1977.
The exhibition also introduced the activities of the Committee since delegated in Lebanon in 1967 and its cooperation with the Lebanese Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent Societies. The International Committee of the Red Cross witnessed important incidents that marked the history of modern Lebanon and interfered as the most significant humanitarian work. The exhibition is considered a serial story that lasted from year to year since 1967 till 2007.
Also, some photos of the operations of the International Committee were exhibited, like the evacuation of 400 wounded persons from Tal El Zaarat Camp in 1976, the establishment of a field hospital in Beirut Southern Suburb to treat the victims of the war of 1977, and the visit to the Lebanese detainees in Ansar Detention Camp and Khiam Detention Camp after the Israeli Invasion to Lebanon in 1982 and afterwards.