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Release No: 302-95
June 05, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID TO HAITI

The Department of Defense has joined forces with two humanitarian organizations to help the people Haiti. In the coming months, more than 50 tons of food, clothing, shoes, medical equipment, as well as other needed items like a 30-kilowatt generator, dump truck and front end loader, will be surface shipped to Port Au Prince from warehouses in McCrory, Ark., and Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Department's Office of Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs worked in concert with Feed the Children and the World Christian Relief Fund to help meet the needs of the people struggling to rebuild a fragile democracy. Donations provided through Feed the Children include almost six tons of canned vegetables, 286 cases of baby food, and more than 1,800 pounds of bread and cookies. WCRF contributions include the heavy equipment already mentioned, water pump repair parts, steel pipe, a portable x-ray machine, and more than seven tons of hospital equipment and dental supplies.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs Patricia L. Irvin said the Department, in cooperation with other government agencies and within the limits of its resources, understands and strives to fulfill its responsibility to help alleviate suffering throughout the world. She said the Humanitarian Assistance Program is often the most economical means available to local charitable organizations to transport donated goods to foreign countries for humanitarian purposes.

Under the 1986 DOD Authorization Act, HRA is authorized to transport non-lethal excess property, relief supplies, and privately donated cargo to meet humanitarian needs worldwide. Over the past two years, more than 370 transportation missions have been accomplished to more than 50 countries.

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