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Release No: 390-95
July 18, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID TO SIX AFRICAN NATIONS

The Department of Defense, has joined forces with Americares Foundation Inc. and the Schiphol Triport, The Netherlands, to transport more than 117 tons of highly valuable medical supplies and pharmaceuticals to help the people of six African nations. The supplies, valued at more than $1.3 million, are destined to be airlifted within the next 90 days.

The Americares cargo will be transported from the foundation's warehouse in Norwalk, Conn. to McGuire AFB, N.J. for shipment. The Schiphol Triport donation will be picked up from its flightline in the Netherlands. The deliveries, which will be spread over July, August, and September, will reach the Congo, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs (HRA) 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 (HAP) 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, 370 transportation missions have been accomplished to more than 50 countries.

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