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Henry Dunant medal awarded to Swiss

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The Henry Dunant Medal, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's highest distinction, has been awarded to a Geneva historian.

The Movement announced on Monday Roger Durand, the founder of the Henri Dunant Society, had received its award in a ceremony on Sunday. Durand is one of two recipients – the second is the president of the Cambodian Red Cross, Mrs. Phlech Phiroun.

Durand has carried out extensive research into the life of Henri Dunant, the Red Cross’ founder, publishing over 50 academic papers and several books on the subject. He founded the Dunant society in 1975.

The historian has also played an active role in the local section of the Red Cross, serving as vice-president. According to the Movement, he was also instrumental in the design and creation of a Red Cross walking tour through Geneva.

Phlech Phiroun has played a leading role in the Cambodian Red Cross since the 1960’s. She was the only leading member of the Cambodian section to survive the Khmer Rouge dictatorship that lasted from 1975 to 1979.

The Henry Dunant Medal is awarded every two years to reward outstanding service to the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.


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