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Plays on the rules of war

A series of plays organised by The International Committee of the red Cross (ICRC), and its Ivorian counterpart, has been launched at Ky-yi village on the outskirts of Abidjan, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions on the conduct of war.

“The objective of the worldwide campaign is to advise people there are rules about war,” Christian Frutiger of the ICRC in Abidjan told IRIN on Friday.

Under the theme “Even wars have limits,” the play by a theatre group gave its first performance on 19 June at the village, which serves as a centre for the rehabilitation of Abidjan’s street children. ICRC’s campaign in the Cote d’Ivoire that provides for cultural events, debates on international humanitarian law on the conduct of war. The play was the first in a series in the city on rules of war and has proved highly popular, the ICRC said.

The ICRC is conducting a series of consultations with people who have suffered from wars. These meetings have been taking place in 12 countries, among them Somalia, South Africa, and Nigeria where consultations are currently taking place.

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