Arab Aid For Darfuris
- Calls For Greater Arab Aid For Darfuris
Darfuri refugees arrive in Chad after fleeing the civil war
By Muhammad Gamal Arafah, IOL Staff
CAIRO, July 26 (IslamOnline.net) The head of an Egyptian relief
group has urged all Arab and Muslim aid and relief groups to try
their best in helping out the residents of the devastated Sudan's
"Foot-dragging on aid efforts to Darfur will create a sense of
frustration across the Arab world and pave the way for west-imposed
solutions," said Dr. Mansour Hassan, chairman of the Physicians
Syndicate's Aid committee in the northern Egyptian city of
Marking the return of the first Egyptian aid convoy from Darfur,
Hassan warned that Arab apathy will alienate the Sudanese generations
"Younger generations will find themselves flooded by foreign aid
workers and feel affinity towards them if their Arab brothers let
Bearing this in mind, he added, the Egyptian aid convoy headed to war-
torn Darfur to demonstrate to its population that the Arabs do feel
for them and expose what he termed as the "conspiracy of western
The convoy consisted of 12 Egyptian physicians of different
It started its tour with a visit to El-Fashir town, where they were
provided unhindered access by officials to refugee camps and
The voluntary doctors have conducted checkups on up to 10,000
patients and performed some 140 surgeries.
El-Fashir has a population of 1.5 million people and is home now to
around 330,000 refugees. It has taken the brunt of the deadly civil
war in Darfur.
Al-Janina town, on the borders with Chad, was the convoy's second
stop. The doctors gave treatment to some 6,000 cases as
ophthalmologists performed 80 cataract operations.
The Egyptian delegation struck a number of agreements with the
Sudanese health ministry and the Islamic Relief Agency to build an
eye clinic in the two devastated towns.
Under the agreements, Egypt will provide the special eye hospital
with necessary medical equipment.
The Egyptian medical convoy was sent to Darfur on May 5, becoming
the first Arab relief aid to the region in 10 years.
Kuwait has sent its second aid convoy to Darfur, including fifteen
tones of tents, 40 tones of corn products and 20 tones of wheat, for
distribution among the local inhabitants.
This came days after a Kuwaiti Muslim relief group sent aid to the
war-torn region to counter blooming proselytizing activity under the
guise of humanitarian relief.
International pressure was growing on Sudan to get to grips with the
humanitarian crisis in Darfur but Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir
accused the western powers of using the situation to target Islam.
Britain said it could send thousands of troops to the region if
required, and Australia also said it was considering a UN request for
military personnel to join a mission there.
The region of Darfur is 125,000 square miles - almost the size of the
United Kingdom. It is a harsh desert area with a population of seven
Reports about the number of people killed in the conflict in Darfur
vary widely from 10 to 50 thousands.
Some 1.2 million people have reportedly been driven from their homes
since a revolt against the government broke out in February 2003.
On Thursday, July 22, the United States put forward a draft UN
Security Council resolution authorizing sanctions against Sudan if it
does not prosecute leaders of Arab militia Janjaweed.
The same day the US Congress unanimously passed a non-binding
resolution describing the situation in Darfur as "genocide" and
calling on the White House to lead international efforts to intervene
in the region.
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