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Dr. Said Hakki, President of Iraqi Red Crescent Organization, in the United States and Available for Interviews May 12-16
Date:5/6/2008

Able to discuss IRCO's Neighborhood Reconstruction Program to normalize up to 600,000 internally displaced residents of Baghdad into self-sustaining

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WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Said Hakki, president of the Iraqi Red Crescent Organization (IRCO), is in Washington, DC, May 12-16 and available for interviews to discuss the organization's Neighborhood Reconstruction Program (NRP) to immediately assist up to 600,000 Internally Displaced (IDP) residents of Baghdad to resettle themselves in self-sustaining neighborhoods consisting of basic services, health care, schools and employment opportunities.

As noted in a March 15, 2008 report by Refugee's International titled "Uprooted and Unstable: Meeting Urgent Humanitarian Needs in Iraq," Iraq is currently "faced with one of the largest displacement and humanitarian crises in the world" with more than 2 million internally displaced persons "in urgent need of assistance."

The report contends that "as a result of the vacuum created by the failure of both the Iraqi Government and the international community to act in a timely and adequate manner, non-state actors must play a major role in providing assistance to vulnerable Iraqis ... ultimately, only Iraqis can save Iraq."

The Iraqi Red Crescent Organization is a Red Cross affiliated, non- sectarian humanitarian and health organization providing relief to refugees and IDPs and is the only group qualified and prepared to lead a large-scale reconstruction and humanitarian effort. IRCO has the full support of the Government of Iraq, and the GOI has offered to provide matching funds for all approved NRP projects.

ABOUT DR. SAID HAKKI

Dr. Said Hakki is a citizen of both the United States and Iraq. He served as a senior adviser on urology and fertility within the Ministry of Health, but fled with his family to the United States in 1986. Dr. Hakki maintained a respected med
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