Wherever people are in crisis – after a natural disaster, during a protracted conflict, or in times of famine or disease – the Red Cross and Red Crescent are there, saving lives and bringing hope.

Our humanitarian response to some of history’s biggest crises was first captured on film in 1936. Since then, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has built a unique archive of films that show the power of humanity in its most raw and humbling form. They tell the stories of lives lost, lives saved, and lessons learned from generation to generation in our collective humanitarian history.

As part of the preparations for our 100th anniversary in 2019, IFRC has launched a digitization project to safeguard more than a thousand films from 80 countries. Some of the restored films are available on this channel, and more will be added soon – please subscribe to ensure you don’t miss one.

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In focus: Earthquake in Turkey, 1975

Film sequences showing the rapid intervention by the Turkish Red Crescent after an earthquake that destroyed the town of Lice and surrounding villages.

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These important images and stories are now in danger of being lost as the films deteriorate with age. As part of the preparations for our 100th anniversary in 2019, IFRC has launched a digitization project to safeguard more than a thousand films from 80 countries. The total cost of the project is estimated at 700,000 Swiss francs, and IFRC is seeking partners and sponsors to support the initiative.

For more information, please contact Olaug Bergseth. Tel: +41 (0)22 730 4535. E-mail: olaug.bergseth@ifrc.org