Red Cross doubles aid to displaced Iraqis

The International Committee of the Red Cross unveiled a large-scale plan with the Iraqi Red Crescent to double the volume of its operations and service about 660,000 displaced Iraqis. “The conflict is inflicting immense suffering on all Iraqis. People directly affected by the crisis are finding it increasingly difficult to cope,” said ICRC Middle East Operations Chief Beatrice Megevand-Roggo. U.S.-controlled coalition camps in Iraq, she added, are also getting crowded with detainees, who now number 17,000, a 40 percent increase from last year’s figures. The boost in ICRC’s operations, estimated to require CHF91 million ($75 million) or 60 percent more in new funding, will benefit the poorest and most vulnerable in Iraq – the elderly, children and the women-led families.

Source: ICRC announces huge boost in Iraq aid effort (AFP)

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