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Exhibition ‘Humanitarian Principles: Here and Now’ underway at LWM

Exhibition ‘Humanitarian Principles: Here and Now’ underway at LWM

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A month-long exhibition titled ‘Humanitarian Principles: Here and Now’ is underway at the Liberation War Museum in the capital.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen inaugurated the exhibition on Tuesday as the chief guest while State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md. Enamur Rahman attended  the inaugural ceremony as a special guest. 

Highlighting the importance of humanitarian principles, Abdul Momen said the month-long exhibition ‘Humanitarian Principles. Here and Now’ will contribute to creating a mindset among the people to work for humanity.

The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Liberation War Museum of Bangladesh have jointly organised the exhibition in collaboration with the Photo Elysée Museum of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Special photographs, films and information highlighting the humanitarian engagement of Switzerland and the ICRC in Bangladesh during 1971 and beyond are being showcased at the exhibition.

The State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief thanked the Embassy of Switzerland, ICRC and the Liberation War Museum for organising this exhibition.

“Humanitarian principles are close to the heart of the Swiss people, and in the early 1970s these quintessential values laid the foundation on which our partnership with Bangladesh has developed,” said Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh Nathalie Chuard.

“This exhibition, therefore, is very special for us as we jointly reflect on these principles at a time when Switzerland and Bangladesh are celebrating 50 years of bilateral relations,” she said.

Humanitarian crises cause human suffering around the world and they make people feel overwhelmed and helpless, even if they are not directly affected, said the organisers.

But how can people respond to these crises and help those in despair collectively or individually? The contemporary art installation and exhibition ‘Humanitarian Principles. Here and Now’ responds to these human and personal emotions and quests, they said.

With carefully selected photos and videos, the exhibition aims to give the visitors a better understanding and a deeper insight into the significance that humanitarian principles represent in everyday life and their impacts on the local context.

  The exhibition is available in both English and Bengali languages and welcomes all visitors, specifically school and university students, at the Liberation War Museum’s top-floor exhibition space. It is open for the all till February 24 (10 am- 5 pm), except Sundays.