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World Vision Australia halts Iraq aid operations indefinitely.

By November 22, 2004

Iraq (MNN)–Even as Iraqi nationals mourn the murder of Margaret Hassan, CARE International’s Iraq director, they are concerned about what this may do to other aid agencies.

Doctors Without Borders withdrew last week, and this week another blow came to the humanitarian aid front. World Vision-Australia is pulling out.

While staff members represent Christ in their work with Iraqis, the director of WVA relief believes the situation has become too unstable.

The aid agency has felt that proximity too closely. They previously were stunned by the death of World Vision’s own head of operations in Iraq, Mohammed Hushiar, September 29.

Teams have been in Iraq for 18 months, and the agency says it has helped about 600,000 people, by improving schools, hospitals, clinics, and water supplies.

As for a prediction on when they would return to resume aid, it’s too soon to say. However, they are assessing the situation to see when it will be safe to return.

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