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Contact lost with Caritas teams in Baghdad following bombing

A coalition of Catholic aid agencies lost contact with the Caritas team in Baghdad following the bombing of a communications centre, according to a spokesperson for Catholic Relief Services (the US Caritas member agency).

"We haven't had contact with Baghdad for three days," spokesperson Franne Van der Keilen said from Amman, Jordan. "We'd like to establish contact to at least know how our staff is doing and what the situation is like on the ground."

The aid agencies have remained in sporadic contact with Caritas teams in other parts of Iraq, said Van der Keilen, regional information manager for the Middle East and North Africa. Caritas Iraq has more than 300 employees and volunteers spread across the country, she said.

Catholic News Service

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2 Apr 2003