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British Red Cross launches Iraq Crisis Appeal

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16 June 2014

As violence in Iraq forces half a million people from their homes, the British Red Cross has launched an Iraq Crisis Appeal to fund essential relief including food, clean water and shelter.

The appeal will raise money for work in Iraq by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

Those affected by the crisis are fleeing from fighting that escalated dramatically in the past month. Many are now living in camps in the centre and north of the country.

In Mosul, hospitals and electricity supplies have been badly damaged by the fighting.

According to the United Nations’ World Food Programme, the number of displaced people is likely to rise to one million in coming weeks. This is due to the severity of the fighting and the likelihood of increased violence in heavily populated areas.

Sean Maguire, head of communications for the ICRC in UK and Ireland, said: "As the crisis continues, ICRC staff are on the ground helping thousands of people. This appeal will help those affected access vital food, water, shelter and healthcare. Please give what you can."

The ICRC has already given a month’s supply of food and other relief items to more than 10,000 displaced people in Zummar and in Al-Qosh, north of Mosul.

Patrick Youssef, head of the ICRC delegation in Iraq, has said: "We are extremely worried by the effects of the ongoing fighting on civilians. We urge all parties to the conflict to spare civilians the effects of the fighting."

Give to the appeal today.

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