Humanitarian action in times of war and conflict was at the heart of the creation of the Red Cross - and that humanitarian mission continues to this day
A video, I Know Where I'm Going, documents the impartial, neutral and independent nature of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the founding organization of the global Red Cross network that protects the lives and dignity of victims of war and provides them with assistance.
The story is told through the work of Hussein Saleh, an ICRC worker based in Aden, south Yemen, where ongoing conflict has displaced thousands of civilians in the last year and casualties are reported almost daily. The video shows how Mr. Saleh networks with the government and other parties, including Ansar Al Sharia, an Al Qaeda-affiliated group, to ensure that the ICRC delegation in Yemen can carry out its humanitarian mission and, over the course of the film, visit for the first time detainees held by a Jihadist group.
Tragically, Mr. Saleh was killed by shrapnel last summer after filming was complete. I Know Where I'm Going is a portrait of a thoughtful, courageous and complex man filmed at a critical time in one of the world's most complex and dangerous terrains. The film explains not only the work of ICRC like its efforts to visit detainees, but is also a tribute to a committed humanitarian.
The Geneva Conventions protect civilians, prisoners of war and wounded soldiers. The American Red Cross helps people in the United States to understand and respect international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles. Chapters around the US offer educational programs in their communities on the principles of international humanitarian law. Click here to learn more.