ARC concerned for potential humanitarian emergency in Iraq

News and Press Release
Originally published
Minneapolis, March 17, 2003 - As the possibility of a war in Iraq increases, the American Refugee Committee (ARC) is preparing its humanitarian response. As one of the world's most experienced organizations in caring for refugees, ARC is extremely concerned about Iraq's innocent war victims.
"If war begins, it's likely that a million Iraqi people will flee to neighboring countries," explains ARC president Hugh Parmer. "This is in addition to the anticipated two million people that may be displaced within Iraq. These people will have needs; needs for food, shelter, water, sanitary facilities, and medical care."

In a wartime scenario, ARC's specialists in refugee camp management may be called upon to plan the construction of refugee camps, organize and staff health posts, and implement programs to prevent infectious disease. These are responsibilities ARC staff currently hold in more than 12 countries around the world.

Hugh Parmer himself is a former top official of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with experience in major humanitarian relief operations during the war in Kosovo. His insight into the management of crisis situations should prove valuable as this crisis unfolds.

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The American Refugee Committee, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, works for the health, survival, and well being of refugees, displaced persons, and those at risk, enabling them to rebuild productive lives of dignity and purpose, striving always to respect their values.

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