The Red Crescent Society is part of the International Red Cross movement. It is not a separate organization, but rather a distinct symbol that represents the same organization. The reason for this somewhat confusing organizational trademark lies in the fact that the Red Cross depends upon the recognition and respect of its symbols to carry out humanitarian work in conflict zones. The red cross on a white background was chosen by the founders of the organization as a symbol that would have universal appeal and be easily recognized. In 1864, the reverse colors of the Swiss flag seemed to be an appropriate neutral standard to fly on the battlefield. However, the religious significance of a cross resulted in protests from countries where Christianity was not ...

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