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Thursday, December 8, 2016
CAFOD convoy leaves for Baghdad
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¬†CAFOD partner Caritas Iraq is sending a convoy of lorries packed with life-saving medicines and supplies into Iraq tomorrow (Friday, May 2nd). The two lorries carrying £200,000 of medical supplies including painkillers and antibiotics, as well as bandages, dressings and anaesthetics. The convoy, which is expected to arrive in Baghdad on Saturday afternoon, will travel from Caritas Iraq's headquarters in Amman to a warehouse in the capital. From here they will be distributed to Caritas health centres across the country. Faiq Bourachi, Liaison Officer for Caritas Iraq, said: "We are confident that these supplies will get through to the people in Iraq who desperately need them. Security in the city is of course still an issue but we have carried out an assessment and are ready to go ahead with the delivery. Our health centres have been working extremely hard to cope with the influx of patients and these medical supplies will help ensure doctors do not have to turn people away." Sister Maura O'Donohue, an emergency health and nutrition expert from CAFOD, who has flown out to accompany the convoy, said: "It is important that we get to our centres and support the staff who have been through so much. They need as much help as they can get to re-establish their health and feeding programmes. I visited the centres before the war and the people were already weak and vulnerable and their condition can only have worsened with the disruption and chaos caused to our programmes by the conflict. Thousands of Iraqi children are suffering from malnutrition and we need to address this problem over the next months." Caritas Iraq operates from 14 health centres which are located throughout the country in and around Baghdad, in Basra, Kirkuk, Qarakoush, and Mosul. During the conflict some were able to operate as emergency first aid posts treating the wounded. Besides working with the injured Caritas Iraq also provided civilians with blankets, mattresses and food and medical supplies. Caritas Iraq is a member of Caritas International the worldwide Catholic aid network and has been working in Iraq since 1992.
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