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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a private humanitarian institution founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering. The ICRC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on three occasions (in 1917, 1944 and 1963). The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was founded in 1919 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. It coordinates activities between the 188 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for relief assistance missions responding to large-scale emergencies. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to the ICRC.
The conflict in the Central African Republic has displaced over one million people and there is no end in sight. Fighting between rival militias has forced them to flee their homes. The situation is particularly bad in the country's northwest. But even in the south, entire areas have been abandoned. The Red Cross warns that very soon as much as half the population will need humanitarian aid.
The move is aimed at addressing what is considered a national health issue, and honoring slain Labour MP Jo Cox. Cox, who was murdered in the run-up to the Brexit referendum in 2016, advocated for help for the lonely.