The Department of Defense has announced plans to move excess DOD cold weather
clothing and cots as part of an ongoing program to help Afghan refugees and
other displaced persons in Pakistan. The supplies, totaling more than 35 tons,
will be surface-shipped within the next five weeks from the Defense Logistics
Agency at Ogden, Utah, to the port of Karachi, then on to Peshawar for
distribution through the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees.
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. In fiscal year 1994, HAP completed 72
humanitarian shipments to more than 39 countries with an estimated acquisition
value of $66.5 million.