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06 Mar 2003 description

The Iraq crisis has not prevented more than 560 Red Crescent volunteers taking part in the latest polio eradication efforts in the country, the first of four such vaccination rounds this year. Some 4 million children were vaccinated against this preventable disease during the five-day nationwide operation, also involving the Iraqi Health Ministry and UN agencies. "Red Crescent volunteers provide essential support, since they monitor the effectiveness of the immunization campaign," said Sten Swedlund, head of the Federation's delegation in Baghdad.

06 Mar 2003 description
report Oxfam

Ninguna organización de Oxfam Internacional aceptará fondos de las partes beligerantes

06 Mar 2003 description
report UN News Service

Although positions in the Security Council are "hard," Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, the 15-nation body will have a chance to discuss how to proceed with the disarmament of Iraq "calmly" at a meeting on Friday to hear an update by top United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix.

06 Mar 2003 description
report Merlin

London, 6th March 2003 (Merlin): - With war in Iraq looking increasingly likely, Merlin the UK charity committed to providing healthcare in crises, has reacted strongly to recent reports that all relief efforts will be co-ordinated by the new Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance run by the Pentagon and headed by retired Lieutenant-General Jay Garner.

06 Mar 2003 description

By Jacquelyn S. Porth, Washington File Security Affairs Writer

05 Mar 2003 description
report Human Rights Watch


Summary and Recommendations

05 Mar 2003 description

By Callie Long
(With information provided by Lennart Skov-Hansen, Relief Coordinator, DanChurchAid)

05 Mar 2003 description
report BHN Association

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05 Mar 2003 description
report EurasiaNet

A EurasiaNet commentary by Kaan Nazli: 3/05/03

05 Mar 2003 description

Silver Spring, MD -- The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is preparing to respond to a potential humanitarian crisis that could be sparked from a war in Iraq. An ADRA assessment team is currently in Iraq to determine potential areas of intervention.

05 Mar 2003 description
report Mercy Corps

Agency first international organization to receive approval to work in Kuwait

05 Mar 2003 description
report UN News Service

Reacting to media reports of an internal United Nations document about proposals for Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said there was no UN plan for administering post-conflict Iraq and stressed that the world body has been focusing instead on dealing with the humanitarian side of a potential conflict.

05 Mar 2003 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York, March 5, 2003) The record of the Turkish military in combating Kurdish rebels at home raises serious concerns about its engagement in northern Iraq during or after any war, Human Rights Watch warned in a briefing paper released today.

05 Mar 2003 description

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - The United States said it was gaining support in the U.N. Security Council for a resolution against Iraq.

Following are key dates in the diplomatic process over the Iraq crisis:

WEDNESDAY - MARCH 5

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) holds an emergency summit in Doha to discuss the Iraqi crisis.

Pope John Paul has called for a special day of peace and prayer on Ash Wednesday to appeal to all sides to try to resolve the crisis peacefully.

British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon testifies on strategic defence review.

05 Mar 2003 description

TEHRAN, March 5 (UNHCR) - In a meeting today with UN refugee agency chief Ruud Lubbers, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said his country was prepared to stand by its humanitarian obligations, but that it needed support in dealing with a possible influx of Iraqi refugees if war breaks out.

05 Mar 2003 description

By David Brough and Karen Iley

ROME/GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations aid agencies, preparing to feed at least 10 million Iraqis in the event of a war, say donors have given only a quarter of the $120 million needed for emergency supplies.

"We urgently need additional funds...Very little money has been provided. There's a gap of about $90 million," said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the U.N. Geneva Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The U.N.

05 Mar 2003 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the event of a war with Iraq, there will be a critical need to protect civilians and provide humanitarian assistance in a highly unstable environment. Specialists in emergency humanitarian relief have devoted considerable attention to the possible consequences of a war for Iraqi civilians, but their concerns have not generated actions commensurate with the expected need. Until recently, United Nations officials refused to speak openly about preparations for humanitarian assistance, on the grounds that the UN advocates a peaceful resolution of the dispute.

05 Mar 2003 description

Map Legend: Major road, Oil pipeline, Political boundary, Authorised entry point for humanitarian supplies, Governorate capital, National capital