Tuesday, November 23, 2004

World Vision Organization Is Leaving Iraq

Sorry for not posting lately. I was living in the fantasy world of Wizards and Muggles. I finished reading the 700+ pages of "Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire." So, before I talk politics and in case you're a fan of Harry Potter books and movies, read 101 Ways to Annoy, Harass, Confuse or Generally Scare Lord Voldemort. The list won't make much sense if you haven't read the books yet.

World Vision Australia, a nonprofit relief organization, which operated in Iraq since April 2003 is pulling its relief workers out of Iraq and closing its offices inside Iraq. Geoff Shepherd, World Vision Australia's director of emergency relief, stated:

"The move follows violent activities across Iraq, the death of Margaret Hassan and the previous death of World Vision's own head of operations in Iraq."

Mohammed Hushiar, World Vision's Iraqi head of operations, was killed in Mosul on Sept. 29, 2004 by unknown gunmen.

Tim Costello, head of World Vision Australia, said in an interview with ABC Australia:

We were working mainly in water and health rehabilitation and sanitation, we were in hospitals and started there in April 2003 and estimate that over 600,000 people were benefited from what we were doing. It's work that now has to be handed back to the local ministry of health and the local government bodies there.


I contribute monthly to World Vision Australia for their relief work in Africa and other places. That's why it's sad to see them leaving Iraq.



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