BUENA PARK, CA (August 31, 2006) – Islamic Relief is shipping 110 tons of much-needed relief supplies to Lebanon in coordination with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A 747 jumbo jet will depart Salt Lake City on Friday morning, Sept. 1, carrying much-needed humanitarian aid supplies to assist civilian victims of the recent crisis.
Contents of the shipment include medical and first aid supplies, hygiene kits, quilts, infant formula, clothing, newborn kits, and many other relief items. The jumbo jet is scheduled to arrive in Beirut early Saturday, September 2.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided the aid items which are being consigned to the United Nations World Relief Agency, Lebanon Office in support of their humanitarian efforts in Lebanon. Logistical assistance and support was also provided by United Palestinian Appeal.
With a ceasefire in place, Islamic Relief aid workers in Lebanon have increased emergency projects in Tyre, Sidon, and Nabatiye in the southern region of the country.
Thousands of displaced Lebanese civilians are making their way home across damaged roads and bridges, but many will only find ruins. Around 900,000 people, or a quarter of the Lebanese population, have been displaced in the aftermath of the conflict. In addition, media outlets have reported over 1,000 Lebanese civilians have died as a result of the conflict, and over 3,200 have been injured. Children make up at least 30% of the dead and injured.
To date, Islamic Relief has served over 130,000 people in Lebanon through its relief efforts. Islamic Relief is distributing emergency aid items; including food, clean water, medical supplies, hygiene kits, infant supplies, and other essential supplies.
Islamic Relief has made an international appeal to raise over $6.4 million total for the Middle East humanitarian crisis.
Additionally, on August 1, Islamic Relief partnered with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to send 80 tons of emergency aid to victims of the humanitarian crisis in Lebanon.