IRRC No. 264

International Committee of the Red Cross: Development of National Societies and co-operation: The ICRC contribution, 1981-1987

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Henry Dunant's prediction falls short of the terrible reality of 125 years later. Weapons of destruction are infinitely sophisticated, armed clashes are more lethal than ever but paradoxically none the shorter. Every new conflict makes clear the deliberate intention to do away with any distinction between combatants and non-combatants and, worse still, to take the civilian population as a target.

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