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    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 6, 2004
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      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
      Darfur region.

      "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
      Alexandria.

      Marking the return of the first Egyptian aid convoy from Darfur,
      Hassan warned that Arab apathy will alienate the Sudanese generations
      to come.

      "Younger generations will find themselves flooded by foreign aid
      workers and feel affinity towards them if their Arab brothers let
      them down."

      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
      media".

      Convoy Tour

      The convoy consisted of 12 Egyptian physicians of different
      specialties.

      It started its tour with a visit to El-Fashir town, where they were
      provided unhindered access by officials to refugee camps and
      hospitals.

      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
      million.

      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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