What’s in a Photo? (Canadian Red Cross)

By 1JustCity Citizen
September 16, 2015

What is in a photo?

“Whatever else one might see or feel when looking at a picture of human suffering — outrage, sadness, disbelief — I think an essential reaction is a sense of compassion. Compassion humanizes issues, helps us identify with others and requires us to correct that which is unacceptable.” – James Nachtwey, Our World at War Photographer

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The Canadian Red Cross invites you to find out…

At 7 p.m. on this coming Thursday, Sept. 17, the Canadian Red Cross is honoured to share with the public the traveling photo exhibit, Our World at War, at its Winnipeg office on Portage Avenue. This photo exhibit features 27 photos from five of the world’s best known and respected photographers, who are all part of an agency called VII. This agency is dedicated to socially-committed documentary photography and sharing these images with the audiences all over the world. These photographers travelled to eight countries affected by armed conflict, where they met displaced families, prisoners, orphaned children, war surgeons, poor and widowed mothers, disabled volunteers, rebel fighters, victims of rape, counsellors and midwives.

We are privileged to have this exhibit in Winnipeg. First launched in New York and Geneva in 2009, this exhibit has travelled the globe, visiting various countries including France, the United States and Thailand.

What is the Red Cross role in all of this?

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusive humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

The Canadian Red Cross supports this work by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles in an effort to prevent suffering.

On Thursday evening, we hope to engage you in the topic of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), encourage you to sign up for our upcoming in-house IHL workshops, and to introduce you to the work that the Canadian Red Cross continues to support through its volunteer efforts and donations. The night will be an opportunity to see what we, as Manitobans, can offer in terms of humanitarian support on a local level, including programs such as Restoring Family Links and Disaster Management.

What: Our World at War photo exhibit

Date: Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
Location: Canadian Red Cross, 1111 Portage Ave.

RSVP ehl.mb@redcross.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/773006222811672/


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