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Charities lose to Iraq.

CHILDREN caught up in war and conflict around the world are facing further suffering as the crisis in Iraq overshadows their plight, a leading charity warned today.

The amount of money raised in the first three weeks of the United Nations' appeal for Iraq could have bridged the funding gap for five other world crises, according to Save the Children.

As Save the Children Week was launched, the charity claimed that in addition to food and drug shortages in Africa, the UN food aid appeal for Afghanistan was already falling short by pounds 99 million.

The charity's director general, Mike Aaronson, said: 'It is essential that one crisis does not overshadow all others.

'Each forgotten emergency is potentially a major human catastrophe bringing misery and suffering to millions. Each is a priority and none must be forgotten.'
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:Apr 27, 2003
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