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Clinic, Schools Open Doors in Iraq Thanks to 101st Airborne

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2003 – A health clinic and two schools near Mosul, Iraq, opened Oct. 23 after the Commander's Emergency Relief Program of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) brought them back to life.

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Students and staff of the Tall Kayf Secondary School for Girls await their first day of school Oct. 23 in their newly refurbished facility. The school, 10 miles from Mosul, Iraq, fell into disrepair during Saddam Hussein's regime. The Commander's Emergency Relief Program of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) provided $13,000 in coalition funding to renovate the school. Army photo
  

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A combination health clinic and school in Buear now serves the Jabur tribe, whose home spans more than 400 square miles west of Mosul. The facility is on its feet thanks to $60,000 from the 101st relief program managed by Col. Gerald Dolinish, 101st Command Support Group commander. The program puts coalition rebuilding funds to work for projects in Iraq. The health clinic was built from the ground up with $49,000 in coalition support. The previously existing school received $11,000 worth of renovations.

Previously, no such health facility existed in the area, 101st officials said, adding that the project should alleviate concerns by local villagers and Jabur tribesmen that their sick cannot receive adequate health care.

After a $13,000 renovation, the Tall Kayf Secondary School for Girls also reopened Oct. 23. The school had been left in ruins after years of neglect under Saddam Hussein's regime, officials said. The rebuilding project fixed defective wiring and faulty plumbing, painted walls and installed windows where there previously had been none.

Tall Kayf is a predominantly Christian town 10 miles from Mosul.

(Compiled from 101st Airborne Division news releases.)

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThis combined health clinic and school in the village of Buear opened Oct. 23 to serve members of Iraq's Jabur tribe west of Mosul. The Commander's Emergency Relief Program of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) provided $60,000 in coalition funding for the rebuilding project. U.S. Army photo.  
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