Exploration 5: Responding to the Consequences of Armed Conflict

5A. Needs that arise from the devastation of war (one session)

Module 5 appraises the consequences of war and the effort needed to respond to them. In this first exploration, learners examine photographs to see the resources that are lost, and consider the needs those losses cause. They then identify some of the kinds of action required to alleviate those needs.

5B. Planning a camp for people displaced by war (one session)

The activity of planning a camp is used to introduce learners to the scope of effort needed to rebuild the normal supports for life and to provide an illustration of one important type of humanitarian action. Learners are asked to take the role of humanitarian workers, estimating needs and planning for supplies and tasks.

5C. Focus on protecting prisoners (two sessions)

One of the consequences of armed conflict is the taking and holding of prisoners. International humanitarian law (IHL) includes measures specifically intended to protect prisoners. One of the tasks of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is to visit prisons in order to assess the extent of compliance with these provisions of international law.

5D. Focus on restoring family links (one session)

Exploration 5D focuses on the plight of families separated by armed conflict and the effort needed to restore and maintain the links between separated family members. A photo collage helps learners step into the shoes of these families.

5E. Ethics of humanitarian action (one session)

Exploration 5E examines dilemmas that humanitarian workers encounter. Learners examine two principles of humanitarian action: neutrality and impartiality. They use mini-case studies to learn the meaning and how they are applied in practice by analysing real dilemmas that humanitarian workers face.