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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
CAFOD staff delivers urgent medical supplies to Iraqi people
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¬†Twenty tonnes of medical supplies have reached the Baghdad headquarters of CAFOD partner Caritas Iraq. Two lorries carrying £200,000 of medical supplies including 140 different drugs, which are in short supply, arrived safely in the capital on Sunday morning. Caritas Iraq staff are now liaising with Coalition forces to ensure the safe storage of the supplies in their warehouse. Later this week they will be transferred to Caritas Iraq Health Centres throughout the country. CAFOD's Emergency Health Advisor, Sister Mauri O'Donohue, who travelled with the convoy said: "Things are very tense in Baghdad the streets are very quiet. Nearly all the shops are closed and there are very few people in the streets. As soon as it becomes dark the streets are deserted, as there is a curfew in operation. The Iraqi staff at the health centre in Baghdad were very pleased to see us they have been through a very testing and traumatic experience and we must ensure that they are given every support we can offer. We are really pleased to get this convoy through and hope it will be the first of many. "The Iraqi staff have told me of the disruption caused by the fighting and how frightening it was for civilians. The supplies we have brought will make a huge difference to their ability to treat people at the clinic. There are a lot of women and children arriving here for help. Many are desperate as they have no money and have relied on the supplementary feeding programmes run by Caritas Iraq to feed their children. The economic sanctions have left thousands of people many of them children and babies facing long term problems of malnutrition which we need to deal with," added Sister Mauri. Caritas Iraq, a member of Caritas International the worldwide Catholic aid network, operates from 14 health centres, which are located throughout the country in and around Baghdad, in Basra, Kirkuk, Qarakoush, and Mosul. CAFOD's Appeal for Iraq has just passed a quarter of a million pounds and donations can be made through the Hotline 0500 858885 or via the website http://www.cafod.org.uk.
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