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Iraq - ICRC Annual Report 2009

19-05-2010 Annual Report No 2009

The ICRC has been present in Iraq since the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980. Protection activities focus in particular on people detained by the Iraqi government, the United States/multinational forces in Iraq and the Kurdistan regional authorities and on efforts to restore contact between separated family members with the support of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society. Assistance activities involve helping IDPs and residents restore their livelihoods, supporting hospitals and physical rehabilitation centres, and repairing and upgrading water, sanitation, health and detention infrastructure. The ICRC continues to promote IHL among weapon bearers.