Sunday, February 24, 2008

Iraq's Humanitarian Needs: No Flags There

In the conflict zones of Darfur, Somalia and the eastern Congo the fluttering flags and wide signs of UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, CARE International, World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam and many others announce their presence on cars, offices and projects. But no such flags fly in Baghdad. Not one of these groups has a presence there. Even as levels of violence have gone down — January was the safest month in Baghdad in two years — aid agencies have still been extremely slow to return to the Iraqi capital.

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