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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 487-95
September 07, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID TO CROATIA

The Department of Defense has joined forces with several private relief organizations to move more than 133 tons of food, clothing, medicines and hygiene products to help the people of Croatia. The items will be airlifted from Air Force bases in Charleston, S.C., and Dover, Del. to the Split, Croatia by September 15, 1995.

About 121,000 pounds of the supplies will be provided by the World Vision and Christ for Humanity organizations to Charleston AFB, S.C. The remaining 145,000 pounds of cargo will be delivered from Direct Relief International and the United Methodist Committee on Relief to Dover AFB, Del. The supplies will be received and distributed in Split by organization workers there or members of the International Rescue Committee.

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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