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Humanity in War exhibition opens

25 February 2011

children in EthiopiaThe Humanity in War exhibition opened today at the National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle, and will run for a year. It features 40 photographs from conflict zones from the collection of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Images chart the American Civil War, First and Second World Wars through to modern conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. In each of the photographs the impact of warfare on the people at its centre is vividly brought home, from a woman grieving in a military cemetery in Kabul to a man amid the ruins of his home near the Israeli border.

Starkly beautiful photographs

Penny Wilson, exhibitions and displays manager, National Museums Scotland, said:

“This is the latest in a series of exhibitions we have shown at the National War Museum which bring home the experience of war. These powerful and often starkly beautiful photographs show both the consequences of war and humanity’s ability to react with selfless acts of compassion.”

In Scotland, the Red Cross supports people affected by conflict through its tracing and message service, which helps to put family members back in touch, exchanging messages and searching for missing relatives. The ICRC is hosting the exhibition in partnership with the British Red Cross.

Entry and opening times

Entry is free with admission to the castle. Castle admission: £14 for adults, £8.20 for children.

Opening times: 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday (1 October to 31 March); 9.30am to 6pm (1 April to 30 September).

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