Caritas-Iraq Aiding Displaced Families in Mosul

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ROME, MARCH 24, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Caritas-Iraq reported that it is providing aid for about 200 families already displaced in the wake of wartime bombing in the Mosul region.



Caritas-Iraq centers in the Karakosh region, equipped to assist some 1,300 displaced families, are providing emergency aid, including medical care and food allotments, according to a report today from a Caritas liaison office in Jordan.

Caritas-Iraq has also called attention to the upheaval in the areas of Sulemaniniya, Irbil and Dohuk, where U.N. sources estimate that some 300,000 people might have left their homes.

Of those, about 90% are being received by relatives and acquaintances, while 10% are heading for the camps prepared for such an emergency.

In the southern Iraqi city of Basra, the object of intense bombing on Sunday, Caritas-Iraq reports that the wounded are being cared for at the Red Crescent center, which has been equipped by the local Caritas.

In Baghdad, Caritas personnel are giving emergency assistance to the victims of the weekend air attacks in the Qadissiya residential area. Three Caritas-Iraq ambulances have transported numerous wounded.