Raid Cross

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Are you game? Participate in a Raid Cross simulation activity!

Young people are surrounded by images of violence – from politics and history classes in school to popular entertainment, such as movies and video games. The purpose of Raid Cross is to make young people aware of the harsh realities of armed conflict and the power of humanitarian action. When they see violence portrayed in the media and other outlets, they will have the necessary tools to interpret events and understand these situations from a humanitarian point of view.

What is Raid Cross?

Raid Cross is a role-playing simulation activity designed by the French and Belgian Red Cross to help young people explore:

  • The humanitarian issues involved in armed conflict situations.
  • The basic rules of international humanitarian law (IHL) that apply.
  • The importance of these rules in conflict situations, such as preventing harm to civilians.
  • Through Raid Cross, young people get to experience armed conflict scenarios in a uniquely direct way.

    How does it work?

    During Raid Cross, participants are sent to the fictional country of Haddar. Haddar has been attacked by the neighboring country of Deldar, resulting in an armed conflict that has lasted for 13 months. The participants take on the roles of civilians, soldiers, prisoners, and humanitarian workers in order to experience the different challenges that arise during the simulation.

    Why should I join?

    Raid Cross encourages participants to think critically about international humanitarian law. By focusing on the protection of life and human dignity in wartime, it educates young people on the basic rules of war and leads to respect for IHL.

    Respect for IHL can help contain the escalation of violence, as well as the destruction and suffering caused by armed conflict. It can also promote a return to peaceful means of resolving conflicts that prevent unnecessary suffering and preserve human dignity.

    Sign me up!

    If you are interested in planning Raid Cross, contact your local American Red Cross Chapter or email IHLYouth@redcross.org.

    For an overview of the Raid Cross activity please review this Raid Cross package. For implementation of the activity please download the full Raid Cross Manual.