Dear Red Cross Readers,
Today’s date marks a very special day for International Humanitarian Law. It’s the 60th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The International Committee of the Red Cross, an impartial, neutral, and independent organization, is mandated by the signatory states of the convention to monitor compliance with these laws. One way that we support this effort here at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is by facilitating communication between victims of war and their families here in the United States. This is a service that insures dignity to combatants out of action. Also, we offer a free class on the subject of International Humanitarian Law to anyone who is interested! We will soon be hosting a very exciting presentation on this subject and you can expect more details on that in the next few weeks.
George Hofmann – Development Operations Intern at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago