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Red Cross steps up activity in Pakistan and Afghanistan to deal with increase in casualties

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1347 (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1347
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

     The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is increasing its activities in Pakistan and Afghanistan because of the anticipated swell in numbers of civilian casualties in ongoing armed conflicts in the countries.

    “We expect civilians to bear the brunt of the conflicts,” said Jacques de Mayo, the committee’s head of operations for South Asia. “We expect more war wounded, more civilians being displaced.”

    In 2008 the Red Cross assisted 40 000 internally displaced …

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