ICRC Seeks USD1.2B for 2011 Operations

Emblems of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. The International Committee of the Red Cross has appealed for 1.2 billion Swiss francs to fund its humanitarian operations in 2011. Photo by: Marion Doss / CC BY-NC-SA Marion DossCC BY-NC-SA

The International Committee of the Red Cross has appealed for 1.2 billion Swiss francs (USD1.2 billion) to fund its humanitarian operations in 2011.

Of the sum, approximately 89 million francs will most probably be spent in Afghanistan, ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger said, according to The Associated Press. The group plans to spend more than 80 million francs each in Sudan, Pakistan and Iraq. The budget also includes allocation for Yemen, where ICRC is assisting thousands of civilians displaced by fighting betweeen government forces and Shiite rebels.

The requested budget is 12 percent higher than ICRC’s appeal in 2010. The group justified the increase by explaining that conflict situations and humanitarian crises around the world are getting more complicated, AP says.

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