Int’l Red Cross needs over $2 billion for humanitarian services in 2018

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has asked its donors for over 2 billion Swiss francs (about 2.04 billion dollars) to fund its field operations in 2018 to assist and protect millions of people affected by conflict and other situations of violence, according to an ICRC press release issued on Tuesday.

“The appeal marks an 11.6 per cent increase in the ICRC’s 2017 field budget,’’ ICRC said.

According to ICRC, it will allow the organisation to continue responding to the most urgent needs of people caught up in conflict in the world’s most challenging hotspot such as in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, DR Congo and Yemen.

ICRC President, Peter Maurer, said the ICRC was deeply concerned by the number and scale of protracted conflicts the world is facing today.

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