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World Vision helping Iraq restore healthcare

By KENNY CHING

Staff writer

World Vision, the Federal Way-based humanitarian organization, has made its first move into Iraq since before the beginning of the war.

Aid workers delivered medical supplies to the town of Al-Rutbah April 28. There, doctors are struggling to cope with the near-destruction of their hospital that was hit by coalition bombs, according to World Vision officials.

The hospital is the only one in the district and serves as many as 20,000 people in western Iraq, said World Vision. District health officials reported that coalition bombing early in the war virtually destroyed the hospital.

“The town and hospital are without phones, power and running water,” said World Vision relief worker Al Dwyer. “The hospital has lost everything, including patient and medical records.”

World Vision delivered medicine, blankets and other humanitarian supplies to the heavily damaged hospital.

Camps were set up on the borders of Iraq, anticipating an exodus of refugees during the war.

However, the camps never filled, so World Vision has begun to move into Iraq to deliver its supplies.

Donations for the relief effort can be made at World Vision’s Web site (www.worldvision.com) or by phone (1-800-777-5777).

Staff writer Kenny Ching: 925-5565 kching@fedwaymirror.com

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