Relief Groups Operate with Caution in Iraq

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Nearly one in three Iraqis is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance such as food, shelter, water and health care. That statistic comes from a report released this week by the NGO Coordination Committee of Iraq and Oxfam International. Yet the U.S. Agency for International Development is working with a dozen western organizations and hundreds of national organizations that continue to operate — despite problems with communication, logistics and security — in what is arguably the most dangerous environment for relief organizations in the world.

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