Red Cross Goes Hand-in-Hand with Nobel Peace Prize


Did you know that Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross, was the first to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, thanks to his efforts in pushing forward the Geneva Conventions?

As President Obama formally accepted his Nobel Peace Prize last week, he gave a shout-out to Mr. Dunant, and it got me to thinking. In a season of the year that strongly sings of “peace on earth, goodwill towards men,” it’s important to remember the signifiance of the work that Henry Dunant started so many years ago.

The Red Cross was begun in the midst of war to be a shining beacon of hope and peace to those who found themselves in the midst of despair and destruction. Consider contributing to the beacon of the Red Cross and give the gift that saves the day this year with our Holiday Giving Catalog. Or you can also learn more about what the Red Cross is doing with International Humanitarian Law and other work around the world to help alleviate suffering and bring peace.

For now, I’ll leave you with this quote from President Obama’s acceptance speech [which you can read in full here].

Agreements among nations. Strong institutions. Support for human rights. Investments in development. All of these are vital ingredients in bringing about the evolution that President Kennedy spoke about. And yet, I do not believe that we will have the will, or the staying power, to complete this work without something more – and that is the continued expansion of our moral imagination; an insistence that there is something irreducible that we all share.


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