Where everything began...
More than 10,000 young Red Cross and Red Crescent leaders and volunteers took place in the week-long event in Solferino where, 160 years ago the Red Cross was born. In 1859 the Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant, witnessed a bloody battle between French and Sardinian armies and he organized local people to treat the soldiers’ wounds and to feed and comfort them. These actions led to the creation of the Red Cross, the biggest humanitarian organization in the world.
On Saturday afternoon, a party with the Djset of A Sweet Life Society enjoyed all the volunteers in the Castello Square, Solferino.
In front of hundreds of representers from several National Societies of the Red Cross, the Secretary General of the Internazional Federation of the Red Cross, Elhadj As Sy, said: “We are here, gathered all together, under a unique principle: the Umanity. Thanks to the Italian Red Cross for the daily work and effort in helping vulnerables".
"I'm moved as always. These is an hard moment for humanitarian operators, we feel frustrated cause someone is trying to change our Principles in something of politic", said Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and of the Italian Red Cross. "We will never think that saving lives is a crime. From the Mediterranean Sea to Venezuela and from Syria to Palestine and Nigeria. It is useless to come here and celebrate if we cannot carry forward this message".
The two-day festivities culminated the night of Saturday in the Fiaccolata, a torch lit march that retraces the steps of the women of the town of Castiglione delle Stiviere in the aftermath of the bloody Battle of Solferino in 1859.
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