Kidnap in Iraq lifts CARE International coverage

The abduction of CARE International director Margaret Hassan in Iraq propelled the charity into the NGO Watch top ten for the first time in October.

News that the charity had shut down its operations in Iraq following the kidnap fuelled a media frenzy, which was sustained when a CARE spokesperson called such abductions ‘ominous’.

Yet no single issue dominated this month’s top ten and the table is more evenly balanced between domestic charity and international aid campaigns than in recent months.

Even the Red Cross focused far less on Iraq. The NGO maintained its position in the number-one slot for urging British parents to make first-aid awareness a priority in the home. It found that large numbers of adults do not know basic first-aid techniques.

Amnesty International, however, continued to campaign on prisoner abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba and slipped down two places to fourth.

Greenpeace rose to third place after it put climate change high on the media agenda, while WWF stormed to sixth spot for its on-going campaign for a ban of hazardous chemicals in everyday products.

Other newsworthy campaigns included Age Concern’s response to the Pensions Commission’s report. It warned that if the retirement age was increased, many male manual workers would die before retirement.

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