TEHRAN, Oct.7 (IRCS) _ Conceptual photo and art exhibition of “Repatriation Flight” was launched at the Iranian Red Crescent's Museum in Tehran on October 7.
The exhibition is mounted by the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) with the participation of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Representative Office in Tehran, and is focused on the repatriation of Iran-Iraq prisoners of war.
During the opening ceremony of the gallery, Mahmoud Mohammadi Nasab, IRCS Secretary General, said: “During the Holy Defeat (the Iran-Iraq war) cooperation between IRCS and ICRS was not only limited to the field of prisoners but many things such as delivering the families' letters to the prisoners and vice versa, tracking the prisoners treatments in Iraqi prisons, legal services, etc. were carried out by ICRC.”
He also voiced his appreciation for ICRC cooperation with the Iranian Red Crescent.
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During his lecture, referring to a poem of Saadi, Iranian poet, (If you have no sympathy for human pain; then name of human you cannot retain) Mark Acherman, head of ICRC mission in Tehran, said: “Already 800 years ago, Saadi spoke about humanity. And he knew humanitarian concerns cannot be limited to ages, lands, or times. Neither can it be confined to two ethnic religious groups nor political inclinations.”
“There is a long history of human beings caring for their fellow human beings. Natural and man-made disasters often result in terrible pain, suffering and hardship of human beings and therefore requires special attention and care. With this in mind, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was formed by humans with the goal of preventing and alleviating the suffering of vulnerable individuals and communities and sharing respect for human dignity.” he added.
He also referred to Iran-Iraq in the 1980s, and said: “During the Iran-Iraq War of the 80s, the ICRC was only invited by the parties to the conflict to be involved in the repatriation of seriously wounded as well as seriously sick people and of civilians. The first operation of this kind took place on 16th June 1981. Secondly, from the termination of the conflict in August 1988 to August 1990, a meager number of 696 Iraqi prisoners of water and three hundred fifty six Iranian prisoners and four were repatriated under the auspices of the ICRC. Thirdly, from mid-August 1990, the so-called Global Repatriation of Iranian and Iraqi prisoners of war took place a large operation in which the ICRC was invited to participate to a much larger extent than before.”
The exhibition will run till October 22, 2018.