ICRC calls on youth to write for humanity
KUALA LUMPUR: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and The National Press Club Malaysia (NPC), together with the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS), celebrated World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on Monday by launching the 2017 Young Humanitarian Writers Competition, themed “Even Wars Have Limits”.
The competition is open to those aged between 16 and 30. They are welcome to share their views on the chosen topics aimed at highlighting the consequences of violating international humanitarian law, its principles and rules.
“On this World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, as we celebrate humanity, we invite young people, including journalists, to write for humanity. Writing is an effective way to mobilise attention publicly on pressing humanitarian issues”, NPC president Datuk Mokhtar Hussain said.
Head of ICRC’s regional delegation in Kuala Lumpur, Isabelle Barras, pointed out the need to reaffirm the relevance of the rules protecting humanitarian workers and healthcare delivery in armed conflicts.
“We hope writers will join in our call for compliance with international humanitarian law and an end to attacks on civilians, including humanitarian and health workers.”
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is celebrated on May 8, each year to commemorate the founder of the Red Cross and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize, Henry Dunant, who was born on May 8, 1828.
The last day for entries is Oct 31, 2017.
More information on the competition can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org. Bernama