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AmeriCares Delivers New Aid to West Darfur

  • May 21, 2008


The crisis in Darfur continues to worsen in its fifth year, with escalating violence crossing the border into neighboring Chad. More than 2.5 million people have been displaced, hundreds of thousands lack access to medicines and health care, and hundreds of thousands have died.

During the rise in violence, humanitarian aid agencies have been forced to relocate their operations to areas outside Darfur. Despite these complicated dynamics, on May 22 AmeriCares delivered its 10th airlift to Darfur. The airlift contained more than 15 tons of antibiotics, vitamins and medical supplies worth more than $2.4 million and was flown directly to Geneina, West Darfur — one of Sudan’s most dangerous and hard-to-reach regions. AmeriCares is one of the few international relief organizations allowed to fly directly into Darfur.

AmeriCares is grateful for your ongoing support as we continue our resolve to help people in crisis.

Direct delivery from AmeriCares helps eliminate the potential for delivery delays or convoy attacks on supply trucks coming from Khartoum. In its 10th airlift, AmeriCares delivered much-needed medical supplies to its international health care partner organizations working in West Darfur.

“As conflict continues to rage across Darfur, the global aid community is charged to do all we can to help save lives and restore health to the refugee populations in Darfur,” said Curt Welling, president and CEO of AmeriCares. “It is our responsibility to use the resources at our disposal to help end the suffering in Darfur — and of all those in need — wherever they are, whenever they need it.”

In addition to its latest airlift, AmeriCares is currently working with partners in North and South Darfur to prepare two additional airlifts to ensure that medicines and medical supplies continue to be available to health care providers and the Sudanese people. Since 2004, AmeriCares has delivered a total of 167 tons of medicines and supplies to North, South and West Darfur.

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