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Caritas Australia helping Iraq prepare for attack

The Church's aid and development agency has donated $60,000 to Iraq for preparations against a likely attack by the United States and possibly Australia.

Caritas Australia has given the money to its sister organisation Caritas Iraq, following the release of a report by the Catholic aid agency's international body, Caritas Internationalis, on the severe impact sanctions have had on Iraq's population of 23 million.

The national director of Caritas Australia, Jack de Groot, said the money would go towards funding Iraq's "emergency preparedness measures" against any possible military strike and described the donation as an act of solidarity with the innocent victims of President Saddam Hussein's regime.

"Caritas Australia has a long-standing concern about the situation of Iraqi women and children," Mr de Groot said. "Australians need to be aware that what is lost in the talk of war is respect for international legal processes and the human cost - the victims of warfare."

Sydney Morning Herald

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9 Dec 2002