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International Committee of the Red Cross

SEPTEMBER 28, 2006
12:01 PM

CONTACT: International Committee of the Red Cross
Nada Doumani, ICRC Baghdad, tel: +962 777 399 614
Dorothea Krimitsas, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 2590 or +41 79 251 931

Iraq: Relief for Needy Families

GENEVA - September 28 - During the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the ICRC is distributing food parcels for destitute families in Iraq.

It has already delivered 3,660 parcels each sufficient to cover the needs of a family of five for a month to various charitable institutions in the country. Almost half the parcels went to Sunni and Shiite Waqfs (religious endowments) in Baghdad.

The ICRC is also delivering relief goods to displaced people and others in need. Since June, in cooperation with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, it has been distributing such items as food parcels, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, jerrycans and blankets to 5,000 families every month, and it will continue to do so until November. In all, 30,000 families will benefit.


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