Saturday, July 29, 2006

This plea kinda caught my attention

I linked it from Texas Freds.

Red Cross Asks for $81 Million for Lebanon
GENEVA (AP) - The international Red Cross appealed Friday for $81 million to help victims of the fighting in Lebanon. Life is becoming "unbearably dangerous" for civilians who have been trapped by the violence, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Resources and access to water and basic services are also very limited, the ICRC said in a statement, while medical evacuations and aid operations are very difficult and cannot meet the population's needs.

"In southern Lebanon, the No. 1 issue today is ensuring the safety of civilians and securing safe access for those engaged in medical and other humanitarian activities," said Pierre Kraehenbuehl, the ICRC's director of operations.

"At the same time, the damage to civilian infrastructure and the country's economy, coupled with the large-scale displacement of civilians, requires an emergency response that is likely to extend into next year," Kraehenbuehl said.

"The effects of the military operations mean that life for the remaining civilian population trapped by the fighting is rapidly becoming unbearable and the suffering excessive," Kraehenbuehl told reporters at the organization's Geneva headquarters.

The ICRC's top priority in southern Lebanon is ensuring the safety of civilians and securing safe access for those engaged in medical and other humanitarian activities, he said.

Ok, I can understand them wanting to help, BUT-
Don't they have other things on their plate besides aiding the same people who helped cause the problem in the first place? he ones who STAYED behind? The ones who rented rooms for rocket storage? I know that there's been tsunamis and earthquakes in Asia lately, not to mention refugees starving in Africa.

The U.N. refugee agency said Friday it was hoping to send 550 tons of bedding, cooking equipment and other emergency supplies from Damascus to Beirut by early next week.

Security and logistics issues have prevented the aid from crossing the Syrian-Lebanese border for about a week, but these issues are being resolved, said Jennifer Pagonis, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.

The convoy is part of a joint effort by U.N. aid organizations to help meet the needs of up to 800,000 displaced people in Lebanon - one-fifth of the population.

The World Food Program said it was coordinating three aid convoys to southern Lebanon.

The agency hopes to increase shipments to two convoys per day by next week, said WFP spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume.

Did you get that? Damascus, Syria to Beirut. Wouldn't it be more time and cost effective to use a ship?
I'd think so, but then I'm not planning to use relief convoys to resupply Hizb'allah terrorists who target REAL civilians. Who aren't staying in place to be human shields.

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