Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Red Crescent and Falluja

Today, The Iraqi Red Crescent changed their statement regarding not being allowed to enter the city:

Ismail al-Haqi, director of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, said he had decided it was too dangerous for the convoy to proceed.

''I can't sacrifice the lives of the volunteers; it is very dangerous to go inside Fallujah now and we preferred not to enter,'' al-Haqi said.

He denied an earlier statement by the Red Crescent that U.S. forces and Iraqi officials turned back the convoy.

Then you read the following in the same report:

Muin Kassis, ICRC's spokesman in Amman, Jordan, said the agency planned to send investigators to two Fallujah suburbs, Karma and Assaklawia, Tuesday to check on the condition of hundreds of displaced families there.

Kassis said the ICRC was concerned about people living in tents and other makeshift shelters in the cold weather, and had preliminary reports of fever, diarrhea and other illnesses in the camps, especially among children.

Kassis also said the ICRC had reports that people in areas of Fallujah not under the control of the U.S.-led forces had no access to medical care.

''We urge all parties, either the American forces or the Iraqi government, to secure the lives of people of Fallujah; this is very important,'' Rawi said.

We can argue all day about the situation in Falluja depending on which side we're taking. I'm taking the side of the poor people, who were trapped in the middle of the conflict.

Eric, thank you for the report you've sent me. To you and others, you need to read my story on how I was trapped in Ammara during the Shia uprising in 1991. That way, you may understand how hard it is to live in the middle of a war zone.

Post Links:

Red Cross: Relief convoy turned back from Fallujah
Falluja Fighting Persists; Aid Convey Rejected
1991, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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