Written for the WORLD CAMPAIGN FOR THE PROTECTION OF VICTIMS OF WAR
The culminating point of the World Campaign was 8 May 1991, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. Its slogan, "Light the Darkness", was taken from Albert Schweitzer who likened the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to a light in the darkness for all those living under the shadow of violence, death and exile.
In some 130 countries, the occasion was marked at nightfall by the lighting of lamps, torches and candles to express solidarity with the victims of war and a universal desire to ensure respect for humanitarian law.
In Geneva, on the Avenue de la Paix (Avenue of Peace), between the United Nations and the ICRC, thousands of people attended a concert given by the London Chamber Orchestra and accompanied by a spectacular display of special lighting effects. The ceremony concluded with the song "When Will There be Peace?", by Nick Bicât, sung by children in several languages while thousands of candles were lit to form a chain of light in support of the victims of war.
Other ceremonies of a similar nature were held on the Great Wall of China, in Hiroshima, New York, Beirut, Cairo and Moscow, in Norway and Fiji, in refugee camps in Asia and guerrilla camps in Latin America, at ICRC delegations, and by National Societies, etc.
BBC television (BBC 1), in conjunction with television networks in other countries, produced an international programme on this chain of light around the world. Presented by Sir Peter Ustinov and with the ceremony in Geneva as its theme, the programme is made up of sequences showing various aspects of war, extracts from the Geneva Conventions being read by famous actors and scenes of events to mark 8 May which were filmed in the four comers of the world.
The programme was broadcast by BBC I on 10 May and at a later date by television stations in many countries.
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