with Karl Faase

Jean Henry Durant – The Red Cross

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One of the failures of modern times is that we forget the origins of significant institutions. Take for instance the Red Cross. This was created by Jean Henry Durant who witnessed the suffering of soldiers in the 1859 Battle of Solferino in Italy. It motivated him with four friends to start the International Red Cross.

Durant has an interesting history. He was from a banking family in Switzerland, lost all his wealth and was forced to leave his country. He lived as a virtual vagrant in Paris for many years. Eventually Switzerland allowed him home and he was later awarded the first-ever Noble Peace prize.

On his death bed he said: "I am a disciple of Christ, as in the first century, and nothing more."

A remarkable life motivated by the life and teaching of Jesus.

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