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Geneva, Bern, 2 April 2003 - Switzerland has held a second international meeting to discuss ways of tackling the humanitarian crisis in Iraq since the outbreak of war on March 20. Representatives from Iraq's neighbours, aid organisations and donor countries took part. The 30 countries and 21 organisations were largely represented by their missions and institutions in Geneva.
Remarks by Minister of State Tom Kitt, T.D., for Dáil Debate 1 April 2003
Ante una situación de guerra como la que se está viviendo en Irak, la labor humanitaria de Cruz Roja se centra en cubrir las necesidades básicas de las personas afectadas, pero no podemos olvidar la importancia que adquiere la prestación de apoyo psicológico a todas las personas que se ven involucradas, directa o indirectamente, en este conflicto armado. El apoyo psicológico es diferente del apoyo material porque el proceso de recuperación de las personas afectadas por desastres o conflictos armados es mucho más prolongado y menos visible.
Minister for Development Cooperation Agnes van Ardenne is to contribute €14.2 million to the United Nations Consolidated Appeal for Iraq, launched today in New York by UN Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette. The money will go to organisations like the World Food Programme, Unicef, the UNHCR, UNOPS, IOM, UNSECORD and OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).
Latest reports from ICRC staff in Baghdad and Basra
The best chance of finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, if they exist, will emerge from interviews with scientists, the military and managers free from fear of retribution, top United Nations arms inspector Hans Blix said.
Images of British aid deliveries to Iraq
give a distorted image of what is needed by the people of Iraq, says Nick
Guttman, Christian Aid's Head of Emergencies.
Coverage of the looming humanitarian crisis in Iraq has been dominated by two images.
The first is of battle-trained British troops struggling over the task of distributing food and water to populations that are unwilling to form an orderly queue. The second is of the good ship Sir Gallahad finally docking at the port Umm Qasr with its aid cargo.
WFP FOOD AID: UPDATE
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AMMAN, 2 April 2003 - UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports about the Humanitarian Daily Rations, or HDR, being handed out by coalition forces in southern Iraq.
April 2, 2003, Amman, Jordan - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) announced an international appeal for $8.3 million to assist more than 260,000 Iraqis displaced within the country over the next three months. Funds generated by the appeal, which is being sponsored by Caritas Internationalis and circulated among its membership of more than 154 Catholic agencies worldwide, will be implemented immediately to assist the needy in Iraq.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Andrew S. Natsios announced the contribution of an additional $200 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for Iraq. This cash contribution will be used to procure approximately 324,000 metric tons of food, enough to feed 23 million Iraqis for one month.
This donation is urgently needed to provide food for the people of Iraq, and will contribute to immediate needs until additional U.S.-donated food arrives and the U. N. Oil-for-Food deliveries resume. On March 28, the U.N.
By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American humanitarian aid groups complained on Wednesday that attempts to force them to operate under the Pentagon in Iraq would complicate their ability to help the Iraqi people and jeopardize aid workers.
In an unusually tough statement, InterAction -- which with 160 members is the largest U.S. alliance of non-governmental relief groups -- expressed deep concern about military-driven plans for bringing humanitarian aid to Iraq.
AMMAN, 2 April (IRIN) - An initial assessment of the food, water, and health situation in the southern Iraqi port town of Umm Qasr by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has reported the population to be "protein-starved". It is the first humanitarian needs assessment to emerge from Umm Qasr, with information on security, food, water, health, protection, electricity and schools.
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KUWAIT, April 2 (KUNA) -- Director of the medical staff department in the Health Ministry Laila Akbar said on Wednesday that all Kuwaiti and expatriate nurses are ready to serve the Iraqi people in Umm QasR medical center.
Speaking to KUNA, Akbar said that all 9,000 medical staff who are now being distributed all over the Kuwaiti hospitals and medical clinics are working round the clock amid these critical conditions.
US's big challenge
Guerrilla war complicates aid giving, impairing the quest to win over Iraqis.
By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
WASHINGTON - One target conspicuously absent from the US and British bombing campaign over the past two weeks has been Iraq's electrical supply.
On one level it's about water - and preservation of a safe, portable water-supply system - as part of the war's humanitarian calculus.
The International Development Committee has stated its concerns that the UN is being sidelined by the US administration in plans for post-conflict Iraq. These are fears that are shared by Christian Aid's director, Dr Daleep Mukarji.
ANKARA, 2 April (IRIN) - The first aid agencies have crossed from Kuwait into southern Iraq after the border was partially opened on Tuesday. Coalition forces declared security in the southern port town of Umm Qasr as "permissive", along with the coastal route from Kuwait to the port.
The security situation in Erbil was calm and stable. The coalition air raids on GOI troops near Erbil were less intensive today compared with previous days. The situation in Dahuk was calm, but the air raids on Faida have been intensified. The situation in Sulaymaniyah was generally stable although there were some cases of GOI shelling reported in the villages of Chamchamal. Given recent developments in the region, the security services are operating at a high state of alert throughout the north.
The U.S. government is acting quickly to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq. The U.S. will provide 610,000 metric tons of food, worth over $300 million, to feed the people of Iraq. In addition, it is providing $200 million in cash to the World Food Program (WFP) for the purchase of food.
USAID has provided emergency supplies in the region worth a total of $16.3 million.
AI Index: MDE 14/065/2003 (Public)