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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 391-95
July 18, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID TO CENTRAL AMERICA

The Department of Defense has joined forces with Feed the Children, Larry Jones International Ministries Inc., to move more than 35 tons of baby and bulk foods, clothing, medical and dental supplies and household items to help people in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

The supplies, enough to fill 115 shipping pallets, will be surface-shipped from warehouses in Oklahoma City, Okla., to distribution points in San Salvador, El Salvador; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and Managua, Nicaragua over the next three months.

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.