By Henry Dunant
The horrors witnessed by way of Dunant after the conflict of Solferino on June 24 1859 and his humanitarian allure are the origins of the pink move movment.
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The imploring appeal must therefore be made to men of all countries and of all classes, to the mighty ones of this world, and to the poorest workman: for all can, in one way or another, each in his own sphere and within his own limitations, do something to help the good work forward. Such an appeal is made to ladies as well as to men-to the mighty princess seated on the steps of the throne-to the poor devoted orphan serving maid-to the poor widow alone in the world and anxious to devote her last strength to the welfare of her neighbour.
History can show examples to prove that there is nothing chimercal in counting upon such sacrifices. To give but two or three illustrations, is it not true that Saint Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan, came from the other end of his diocese to the city of Milan at the time of the plague, in 1576, facing the contagion in order to bring to all relief and encouragement? This example was imitated in 1627 by Frederico Borromeo. And again, Bishop Belzunce de Castel-Moron distinguished himself by the heroic devotion which he showed when the plague ravaged Marseilles in 1720 and 1721.
Even before the Geneva Convention was adopted, the "Committee of Five " decided, while maintaining its specifically Swiss character, to become the "International Standing Commission for Aid to Wounded Soldiers" and set itself the tasks of encouraging the setting-up of National Red Cross Societies, facilitating their work Page 30 of 38 A Memory of Solferino and, in the event of war, acting as a neutral intermediary to ensure the protection of war victims and give assistance wherever needed. This Committee subsequently became the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
A Memory of Solferino by Henry Dunant