Post-War Iraq: Preparation for Humanitarian Crisis

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War in Iraq could produce a humanitarian crisis. Even the Bush White House concedes there could be 2 million refugees, with food supplies cut to more than 60% of the population. Others predict a humanitarian crisis that could deepen if military action were to be prolonged, or if Iraq uses chemical or biological weapons. What are the Pentagon-s plans to avoid the nightmare scenarios? When will the military turn relief operations over to civilian organizations? How thoroughly have the humanitarian issues been considered and planned for? We hear from a Pentagon planner, the principal author of the Iraq Liberation Act, Refugees International, humanitarian consultants and others about what-s being done to avoid the worst-case scenarios.
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United Nations


International Rescue Committee

UN-s Iraq Oil-for-Food Program

US Agency for International Development (US AID)

US State Department, Iraq Section

International Red Cross and Red Crescent

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan



Warren Olney