Red Crescent Society of Azerbaijan actively participates in social assistance of children.

By Andrey Sidorin, IFRC

An aviator nurse in the Second World War, a rescue team looking for earthquake survivors in the 80’s, and cancer screening of people from Chernobyl are just some examples of rare photos from Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as they open their archives the public this month.

The photography exhibition, which marks 25 years of Red Cross and Red Crescent from the CIS is on display at the Museum of the History of Medicine of Sechenov University, Moscow. Dating from the 1920’s to present day, the pictures provide a glimpse into past emergencies and the present work of the organizations. The exhibition emphasizes the common history shared by the volunteers and staff in the region as well as the links between today’s Red Cross and Red Crescent activities.

Davron Mukhamadiev, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Representation in Russia, said: ”This exhibition not only marks the 25th anniversary of the CIS, but also the 150th anniversary of the Russian Red Cross, the oldest humanitarian organization in the country. Our colleagues presented both historic photographs and images reflecting their current activities. The main message of the exhibition is that throughout history, the principles of humanity have remained unshakable.”