Red Cross calls for record $1.7B to cover 2015 aid

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GENEVA: The Red Cross said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) it will need a record $1.68 billion (1.26 billion euros) to cover its humanitarian activities next year, amid soaring needs for aid in conflict-hit countries like Syria, Iraq and Ukraine. “This record budget is required to meet the needs and fit our response to the changing nature of armed conflict,” said Peter Maurer, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Despite swelling budgets, ICRC and other aid organizations are facing a “widening gap between vast humanitarian needs and an adequate response,” the organization warned.

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