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Red Cross Red Crescent Network Provides Relief in Iraq as Violence Escalates

An estimated 1.2 million people are displaced inside the country

The Red Cross Red Crescent network is providing humanitarian relief to men, women and children fleeing violence in Iraq. An estimated 1.2 million people are displaced inside the country, including more than 650,000 who have fled to the Kurdistan region in recent months.

The Iraqi Red Crescent has mobilized 4,000 volunteers and staff who are distributing food, water, and relief items. As the number of displaced families continues to increase—with some moving multiple times—the Red Crescent is even delivering relief supplies to people in-transit.

The American Red Cross has contributed $50,000 and deployed two disaster specialists to strengthen the Iraqi Red Crescent’s ability to provide lifesaving assistance to displaced persons.

Learn more about this humanitarian crisis.