Friday, December 16, 2005 Red Cross Umbrella Group Wants $333M Red Cross Umbrella Group Wants $333M: "Red Cross Umbrella Group Wants $333M

By Associated Press

December 15, 2005, 1:12 PM EST

GENEVA -- The umbrella group for Red Cross societies worldwide said Thursday it needs $333 million to fund its aid work, particularly in Africa and Asia, through 2007.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was breaking from its policy of issuing annual 12-month appeals to help facilitate better planning of its humanitarian operations and ward off the effects of donor fatigue in case of future disasters. "

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