During a January 2015 visit, Mr. Maurer (pictured wearing an ICRC badge) said he heard "heartbreaking stories" from people displaced by fighting in Iraq. ©ICRC, S. Dabbakeh

Mr. Maurer (pictured wearing an ICRC badge) during his visit to Iraq in January 2015. ©ICRC, S. Dabbakeh

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, was in Washington DC recently for talks with officials on a range of topics, including the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the unfolding crisis in Yemen, and the ICRC’s ongoing humanitarian concerns in places like Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, South Sudan, and Nigeria.

In this video interview to ICRC’s Intercross blog, Maurer talks about his biggest humanitarian concerns and his views on modern-day humanitarianism, which he says requires redefinition in light of the immediate and long-term challenges resulting from contemporary armed conflicts and violence.

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