CHAPTER 4
THE C.R.B.
The title " The Commission for Relief in Belgium" was soon abbreviated to "The Belgian Relief" and in time further shortened to "C.R.B."--a title beloved by all its members.The C.R.B. had six parallel tasks of organization:
1. To build up our organization for purchase and overseas shipments of supplies;
2. To secure adequate agreements from the Germans to protect imported and native supplies in Belgium and immunity of attack on our ships en route;
3. To secure adequate agreements with the Allies for passage of our supplies through the blockade and liberty of action to charter ships;
4. To organize the charity of the world;
5. To obtain financial support from the Allies and possibly from the Germans;
6. To build up organization of the Belgians for adequate distribution.

The building of this organization came slowly and in painful experience, as will appear in the year-by-year account of our operations.

Gradually, we were recognized by both sides as a necessity. We ultimately became a sort of neutral state making our own agreements with governments, but they both imposed stringent duties and responsibilities upon us.

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