In theory, humanitarian work is simple: you help people in need. In practice, however, humanitarians have had to struggle with a number of complex political, economic and moral challenges over the years. Each of these events have changed the humanitarian environment, and the people that work in it.
In this interactive slideshow, we explore the history of humanitarianism, and the people and moments that have shaped it over the years. To learn more about any of the slides, check out our resources section below.