Before Henry Dunant created the Red Cross in 1863, there was no agreed system for treating casualties on the battlefield. The wounded were picked up where possible by colleagues, under fire unless a truce had been negotiated.
We have the Red Cross to thank for the first-ever Geneva Convention, which, in 1864, began to define what was acceptable and unacceptable in times of war. Its medics, who operate as the Red Crescent in Islamic countries, still provide assistance in times of conflict around the world.
Today is Henry Dunant's birthday, and Red Cross Day as well - we think they both deserve a toast with a Red Angel.
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