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  The Red Cross
Updated 15 January 2002, 14.52
Cuba prison camp
Camp X-Ray, Cuba


Citizenship 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Voluntary groups at all levels

Overview
Struggling to provide for people involved in wars has always been the mainstay of Red Cross work.

This activity enables students to learn more about their impartiality when assessing the treatment of the Camp X-Ray prisoners.

Learning aims

  • The mission aims of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Justify a personal opinion about the work of the ICRC

Icebreaker
Read the story

Introduce the Red Cross organisation and find out what the group already know:

  • What does the Red Cross do?
  • Where is its headquarters?
  • When was it formed?

Main activity
Students draft letters to the US Secretary of Defense which include personal opinions on:

  • The mission of the Red Cross to Cuba.
  • The likelihood of the prisoners being treated humanely.
  • How long the prisoners should be kept.

Plenary
Students read out their letters to rest of the class. Their peers comment on the opinions expressed.

Teachers' Background
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):

  • It is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation.
  • It has humanitarian mission aims.
  • It protects the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence.
  • It provides the victims with assistance.
  • The ICRC was established in 1863.
  • Its headquarters are in Geneva

International humanitarian law obliges the conflicting parties to respect the red cross and red crescent emblems and to take all the precautions needed to avoid harming civilians.

What the Red Cross does:

  • It makes visits to people deprived of their freedom.
  • Protects the civilian population.
  • Promotes health and relief.
  • Provides dissemination and preventive action.
  • Organises training courses.
  • Uses humanitarian diplomacy

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