What is the enduring legacy of endless war?
The average time that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been present in its 10 largest operations is 42 years. The duration of humanitarian operations in protracted conflict settings has prompted organisations like the ICRC to re-think their way of working. The humanitarian consequences of protracted situations of armed conflict are varied, including the cumulative effects of hostilities on infrastructure and healthcare systems, prolonged displacement, increased barriers to accessing essential services to provide support for vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities, and interruptions to education to name just a few. In light of the humanitarian imperative to respond to these needs in spite of the challenges of a seemingly endless war, the International Review of the Red Cross has dedicated a recent edition to protracted conflict.
The Australian Red Cross and the ICRC presented this Protracted Conflict edition of the Review in a free public webinar on 14 April 2020.