The Commission for Relief in Belgium

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The Commission for Relief in Belgium

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  • Belgian Relief

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The Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) was founded in October 1914 as an international food relief programme. The main task of the Commission was to obtain foodstuffs from abroad and ship to Belgium, who had been occupied by German troops since August/September 1914. Although a significant number of the Belgian population had left the country, a number remained behind.
With offices in London, Rotterdam and New York, the CRB orchestrated the operations that aimed to sustain the occupied parts of Belgium and Northern France. It ensured that food supplies, and sometimes money, were delivered into local warehouses throughout Belgium.
The CRB was also supported by the Comittee National de Secours et d'Alimentation, as well as the Belgian Relief Fund. The latter organisation was set up to provide relief for Belgian refugees; providing clothing, food, work and housing for families.


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Little, Branden 'Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB)' in 1914-1918 online, International Encyclopedia of the First World War'.

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Biographical History Author: Fiona Hall

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