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31 Jan 2003 description
report MERCY Malaysia

Petaling Jaya, January 30, 2003 (Thursday): The Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia) urgently needs at least 100 volunteers for possible immediate deployment in Iraq, should the crisis in the Middle East escalates.

31 Jan 2003 description
report CARE

NEW YORK (January 31, 2003) - Margaret Hassan, CARE International's country director for Iraq, told United Nations agencies and humanitarian aid planners, "The Iraqi people now don't have the resources to withstand an additional crisis." In New York this week, Hassan met with members of the Security Council; staff for the UN Oil for Food Program; UN Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette; and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Chief of Staff, Iqbal Riza. She also spoke on a panel at the Council on Foreign Relations.

30 Jan 2003 description

President Bush has authorized as much as $15 million to be used to assist refugees in the event of a possible humanitarian emergency that could arise if military force is needed to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction, according to a White House statement released January 30.
Following is the text of the statement:

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
January 30, 2003

January 29, 2003
Presidential Determination No. 2003-13

30 Jan 2003 description

Ankara (dpa) - Turkey on Thursday officially ruled out taking part in any military action to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, but could well send troops to help refugees flee any fighting there.

30 Jan 2003 description
report UN News Service

With the Security Council planning to hold a meeting next week to discuss the situation in Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said anticipation was high for the visit of United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.

30 Jan 2003 description
report Christian Aid

Christian Aid is alarmed and deeply concerned by the current build-up of British and US troops in the Middle East because we believe that peaceful alternatives to conflict are not yet exhausted. A war would have severe and far-reaching humanitarian costs for the Iraqi population already suffering from the consequences of the policies of the current regime.

30 Jan 2003 description

In Hai Tarek, one of the poorest areas of Baghdad, the CWS-supported "All Our Children" campaign is delivering daily tankers of clean water and supporting a local medical clinic. As Mazen Mohsen, an Iraqi physician, says: "Humanitarian work is still needed here."

29 Jan 2003 description
report UN News Service

The Security Council, which had been briefed on Monday by the chief United Nations weapons inspectors, met behind closed doors today to continue their discussions on the situation in Iraq.

29 Jan 2003 description

450,000 Iraqi Kurdish refugees flooded Turkey in 1991. Another Gulf war may spur a second exodus.

29 Jan 2003 description

A team of experts in health, nutrition, child psychology and emergency preparedness arrived back in Canada yesterday following an assessment mission to Iraq to investigate the impact of a new war on the more than 13 million Iraqi children.

28 Jan 2003 description

By Callie Long and Rainer Lang

28 Jan 2003 description

The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children strongly urges the Bush administration to pursue a diplomatic response to the crisis in Iraq and to consider the serious humanitarian consequences that war could pose. United Nations officials estimate that war in the region could result in more than 500,000 internally displaced and thousands of refugees, in a country that already has more than 1 million persons who have been forced from their homes. Worldwide, the vast majority of refugees and internally displaced are women and children.

28 Jan 2003 description

Iraqi Oil Exports Generate $324 million for Week