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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
CAFOD launches Iraq emergency appeal
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¬†The Catholic Aid Agency CAFOD has launched an appeal to raise money for the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding as a result of the war in Iraq. The agency has already spent £100,000 helping its partners prepare to provide assistance to those caught up in the conflict and has pledged another £100,000 for immediate relief work in Iraq. It is also investigating ways of responding fully to the long-term rehabilitation of the country after the war. Emergency staff are currently assessing the humanitarian needs from Kuwait City and from Amman in Jordan but security concerns have prevented them from getting access to Iraq. CAFOD's partner Caritas Iraq is operating from 14 health centres in Iraq providing enormous support to Iraqi civilians. In Baghdad it has been treating the wounded while in Basra staff have been supplying medical equipment to the Iraqi Red Crescent. But half of all the pre-positioned supplies have already been distributed. In the southern city of Basra there has been a breakdown in the electricity supply leaving fifty per cent of the population without clean water and there have been unconfirmed reports of cholera in the city. Caritas staff from Baghdad have been trying to get through to the besieged town by road with further supplies of water purification tablets. Director of CAFOD Julian Filochowski said: "Whatever happens now there will undoubtedly be a huge amount of humanitarian work to be done both in the short term and in the long term. Through Caritas Iraq we are already working in the field with the first civilian casualties of the conflict throughout Iraq. Staff from Caritas Iraq have been treating people from their health centres and working with thousands of internal refugees who are moving from villages into the towns". Caritas Iraq is a member of Caritas International the worldwide Catholic aid network and has been working in Iraq since 1992. Donations can be made either through the Hotline 0500 858885 or via the website:
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