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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

TOP STORY >> Air base still sorting out tons of aid from abroad

By JOHN HOFHEIMER
Leader staff writer

Through Friday, 36 airplanes from around the world had delivered about 3.5 million pounds of humanitarian relief to Little Rock Air Force Base to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, according Brig. Gen. Kip Self, base commander.

The base serves as the hub for all relief delivered to the U.S. by airplane. From here, it is delivered by commercial truck.

The Defense Department says 94 countries and organizations had delivered or offered aid.
Among the goods delivered were generators from Denmark, school supplies from UNICEF, generators from China, bottled water and detergent from Tunisia, rice from Thailand, blankets from India, baby food from Israel, blankets from Egypt, and tents, medical supplies and food from Russia, according to Lt. Kelly George.
“Our airman have played a vital role in this process and are working hard to provide relief to our Southern neighbors,” Self said.

Offers of aid from countries and organizations have included:
Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria and Azerbaijan; the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei and Bulgaria.
Also Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus and the Czech Republic.

Others include Denmark, Dji-bouti, Dominica, Dominican Re-public, Ecuador, Egypt, El Sal-vador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia and European Commission.

Also Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala and Guyana; the Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, International Committee of the Red Cross, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy;
Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazak-hstan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania and Luxembourg.

Also Macedonia, Malaysia, Mal-dives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Mongolia and Morocco; Namibia, NATO, Nepal, Nether-lands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria and Norway.
Organization of American States, Pan American Health Organization, Pakistan, Palau and the Palestinian Authority;

Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland and Portugal.
Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwan-da, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Serbia; Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Switzerland.

Also Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad, Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates.
The UN Disaster Assistance and Coordination; UN Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Office of Coordinator for Human-itarian Affairs, UN Habitat, UNICEF.

Also United Kingdom, Uru-guay, Venezuela, Vietnam, World Health Organization, World Food Program and Yemen.