The aim of the project is to give young adults a chance to speak out on today's most pressing humanitarian challenges and better understand how armed conflict and violence affect young lives.
The ICRC received almost 500 applications from people aged between 18 and 25 from every continent. The unexpected volume of entries resulted in a delay of the announcement of the winners, which was due to take place on 1 November. "We were overwhelmed by the response we got. In fact, we wound up creating three runner-up positions because the finalist entries were all so impressive," said Nicole Martins-Maag, the head of the ICRC's youth project. "In general, we were blown away by the diversity and skills of all of the applicants, as well as their keen interest in raising awareness of problems affecting other young people."