Review: Updating the Red Cross model

Krisztina Csortea on a critique of the humanitarian system in changing times

The World Today Published 4 February 2022 3 minute READ

Krisztina Csortea

Managing Editor, International Affairs, Communications and Publishing

Solferino 21: Warfare, Civilians and Humanitarians in the Twenty-First Century
Hugo Slim, Hurst, £16.99

The Swiss businessman Henri Dunant travelled to Italy in 1859 on a trip to meet clients but instead found himself amid tens of thousands of wounded soldiers left to die after the bloody Battle of Solferino. 

His experience led to the formation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movements, for which he would later receive the first Nobel Peace Prize. 

Inspired by the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Solferino, Hugo Slim’s Solferino 21 serves as a starting point for reflection on the current and future state of the international humanitarian system. 

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