Post Mortem

World Red Cross Day

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/7/2020 1:05:14 PM IST

 The 8th of May is celebrated all over the world as the “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day”, since 1948. This day was chosen as it is the birth date of Jean Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.  A Young Swiss businessman, Jean Henry Dunant was appalled by the condition of the wounded soldiers he happened to see in the battle field of Solferino, Italy in 1859 during the Franco - Austrian war. He arranged relief services with the help of the local community immediately. He wrote the book ‘Memory of Solferino’ suggesting that a neutral organization be established to aid the wounded soldiers in times of war. Just a year after the release of this book, an international conference was convened in Geneva to consider the suggestions of Henry Dunant and thus the Red Cross Movement was born. International Red Cross Movement was established by the Geneva Convention of 1864. 

The World Red Cross Day is an annual event which celebrates the principles of the “International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement”. It is celebrated every year to pay tribute to the millions of volunteers, staff and members worldwide who protect human life and health through their valuable humanitarian contributions. 

The celebration of the World Red Cross Day, this year bears significance in the context of the present COVID-19 worldwide Pandemic, as it is also the celebration of 100 years of service for the Indian Red Cross Society. It is a special remembrance of 100 years of bringing hope and help to the communities all over India.  The Indian Red Cross Society was constituted on the 7th of June 1920. While, The Nagaland state branch was established in 1982.

It seems fitting that in the celebration of 100 years of serving humanity through its numerous activities in India, the IRCS has been called upon to render sacrificial service in a manner that reflects the very heart and ethos of the organisation.  

The theme for this year’s WRC day is ‘Keep Clapping for Volunteers’, which is a tribute and thanks to everyone working on the frontline to battle the COVID-19 situation. Through this theme the IRCS also acknowledges the role of our volunteers and their enduring commitment in undertaking humanitarian activities in different scenarios for the last 100 years, including this present crisis. 

In this ongoing COVID-19 crisis the Nagaland Branch of the IRCS, through their volunteers is very actively engaged in every district in providing food relief to the poor daily wage and migrant labourers, supplying face masks and sanitizers to the public and also providing vital and essential voluntary support to the District Administrations and other NGOs in the distribution of relief materials. Special mention may be made of the Dimapur and Mon Red Cross Society volunteers who have demonstrated remarkable courage and selflessness through their service during this entire situation. They deserve our sincerest appreciation and respect. Due to the lockdown and the necessity to maintain social distancing, we are unable to observe the World Red Cross Day this year in a public function. However, we believe that the mere observance of a formal function is neither important, nor necessary in such times. More important than the function, is to inspire a new generation of men and women in Nagaland who will be committed to carry the principles of humanitarian service into the future. This we are witnessing through the exemplary voluntary act of all our volunteers across the globe to the corners of our districts in this critical time. 100 years of impact of such a noble movement is due to the integrity of its volunteers upholding and staying true to its mission.  

The worldwide pandemic has exposed the need for humanity to be one in our commitment to serve and help one another. It has revealed that no nation or community can exist and survive on their own. We need one another. Therefore, we want to challenge all the citizens of our beloved state to rise to the needs of this unprecedented occasion by rendering all possible help to the government efforts and also observe all the rules of social distancing and lockdown as stipulated. Together, we can work: THROUGH HUMANITY TO PEACE. 

Abeni TCK, Chairperson, IRCSN


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