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Charity says Iraq situation becoming critical


The secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Amman/Jordan informed the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that bombs have rained down on Bagdad for the past three days.

Christians have sought shelter in churches and pastoral centres, praying incessantly and even staying there all night. The Apostolic Nuncio has been visiting them, as well as religious sisters and the overcrowded hospitals in an effort to encourage the people.

According to Bishop Kassab of Basra, the situation in the city is dramatic because water and power supplies have broken down. Even the most basic medicines are unavailable. At present there is no way of getting aid supplies into this region.

Aid to the Church in Need has made $34,000 available to the Nuncio in Bagdad, which will be used as soon as possible to secure vital supplies, particularly medicine, for the people in Basra.

SOURCE
Aid to the Church in Need

LINKS
Aid to the Church in Need
Humanitarian crisis worsens (Caritas Australia)
Caritas Australia | Caritas Australia's work in Iraq
CAFOD partner sends first medical supplies to Basra (Independent Catholic News)
How aid agencies are gearing up (BBC)



28 Mar 2003