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Relief Groups Operate with Caution in Iraq

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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