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LRCS appeals against misuse of Red Cross emblem

LRCS Secretary General Kopano Masilo

Sept. 19, 2020 2 min read

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LESOTHO Red Cross Society (LRCS) has made an appeal against the widespread misuse of the Red Cross emblem by among others private pharmacists and ambulances.

The call was made by the LRCS Secretary General Kopano Masilo during a two-day capacity building workshop for the members on Tuesday.
According to Mr Masilo, the Red Cross emblem should not be used by anyone else except the humanitarian organisation as it is a neutral insignia that is used during emergencies.

The emblem, he said is only used by Red Cross volunteers who assist those affected or injured during war situations, armed conflicts or natural disasters.
He therefore appealed to the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the emblem is used appropriately.

The Red Cross was founded in 1859 in Switzerland by Henry Dunant who wrote a book called ‘The Memory of Solverino'.

The book is based on atrocities Mr Dunant witnessed during the Battle of Solverino in 1859 between Austrians and the French.

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Mr Dunant formed the voluntary organisation with the aim of helping people injured in war situations and armed conflicts.

Humanity, neutrality, impartiality, voluntary service, unity, universality and independence are the principles that guide the Red Cross.
The training specifically targeted newly recruited volunteers.

A total of 163 countries from across the globe including Lesotho are today members of the Red Cross family.

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