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Release No: 580-95
October 30, 1995


The Department of Defense, working in concert with Pedals for Progress, has approved the movement of more than 30 tons of bicycles and bicycle parts to help the people of Eritrea. All supplies are destined for surface shipment within the next 90 days from Flemington, N.J., to the Eritrean Relief and Rehabilitation Agency in the capital of Asmara.

This marks the second time in the past six months that such an unusual shipment has gone to an African nation. In July, Pedals for Progress donated more than 40,000 pounds of bicycles and associated parts for delivery to the capital city of Maputo, Mozambique, for distribution by the Mozambican National Association for Rural Women Development.

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. In fiscal year 1994, HAP completed 72 humanitarian shipments to more than 39 countries with an estimated acquisition value of $66.5 million.

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