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ICRC President outlines major priorities for Iraq

09-05-2003 Report

During his visit, on 5 and 6 May 2003, President Kellenberger visited medical facilities and reminded the US representative in charge of the responsibilities of the occupying forces.

 
 
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  Every day water tankers bring clean water to the city hospitals. Here, the truck is filling a tank provided by UNICEF by the hospital entrance.    
 
  © ICRC/F. de Sury.  
Ref. IQ-E-00147    
   
 
 
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  This woman and her son were injured when an unexploded shell detonated. The woman's daughter was killed instantly in the blast, while the son was riddled with shrapnel. The mother herself is injured and can barely move.    
 
  © ICRC/F. de Sury.  
Ref. IQ-E-00104    
   
 
 
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President Kellenberger visiting Al Rashad psychiatric hospital.    
 
  © ICRC/T. Gassmann.  
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  Near the General Hospital. Because of low water pressure, people make holes directly into the pipes. This can lead to the pollution of the entire network.    
 
  © ICRC /F. de Sury.  
Ref. IQ-E-00116    
   
 
 
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  In front of the ICRC delegation people come searching for information about their relatives who have disappeared or are detained by the Coalition forces. Boards show lists of persons registered by the ICRC.    
 
  © ICRC /F. de Sury.  
Ref. IQ-E-00126    
   
 
 
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President Kellenberger visiting Al Wahda water treatment plant.    
 
  © ICRC/T. Gassmann  
Ref. IQ-E-00169    
   
   
  

On 7 May ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger gave a press conference at the organization’s Geneva headquarters. The main objectives of his visit had been to thank the ICRC staff in Iraq for the work they were accomplishing, to assess medical facilities and to discuss with Mr. Jay Garner, the United States official now in charge of rebuilding Iraq, the responsibilities of the occupying forces.

The ICRC president also identified priorities in the country as being the proper functioning of water and electricity installations, aid to hospitals, the protection of civilians, restoration of family links, tracing of persons unaccounted for and cooperation within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

 Pictures : taken between 28 April and 5 May in Basrah.