Raid Cross

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

Young people are surrounded by violence. They learn about violence in political and historical terms at school and in literature, then they encounter violence in popular amusements like movies and video games. The purpose of Raid Cross is to make young people aware of the realities of armed conflict and humanitarian action so that when they see violence portrayed in the media and other outlets, they have the tools they need to interpret events and understand these situations through the lens of IHL.

Raid Cross is a role-playing simulation activity designed by the French and Belgian Red Cross to teach young people about the basic rules of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the importance of these rules, and the various humanitarian issues involved in conflict situations. Through Raid Cross, young people get to experience armed conflict scenarios in a uniquely direct way.

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

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.

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