Thursday, August 17, 2006


First the US Sends Weapons to Israel to Destroy Lebanon; Now the US Helps Send Aid

Humanitarian Aid Reaches Lebanon

9 August 2006

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B. W. Watkins

BEIRUT, Lebanon - U.S. Navy High Speed Vessel Two Swift (HSV 2) delivered more than 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Beirut, Lebanon.

More than $2 million of relief was donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and, with the help of the Islamic Relief Organization (IRO), was immediately disbursed to approximately 20,000 needy Lebanese citizens.

Chief Boatswain's Mate Ty Ehlers supervises forklift operations during offload operations in Beirut, Lebanon. More than 100,000 tons of humanitarian aid was delivered by the U.S. Navy's High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2), August 4, 2006. More than $2 million worth of humanitarian aid was donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and with the help of Islamic Relief Organization, will be disbursed to approximately 20,000 Lebanese citizens. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael B.W. Watkins.)

Diana Sufian, an independent project coordinator, brought the IRO and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints together for the coordinated relief effort.

“We’re true humanitarians,” said Sufian. “We’re reaching out feeding the children who are hungry.”
Sufian expressed her gratitude for the U.S. Navy’s support and interest in delivering the supplies.
“I want to put America’s face on this,” said Sufian. “I want the whole world to see that America cares, and see what these brave men and women in uniform are doing out here.”

Swift’s commanding officer Cmdr. Rob Morrison was humbled by the experience and said he was grateful to be able to help. “It’s an honor to be a part of this,” he said. “I have an outstanding crew and I am very proud of them for the work they’ve done here in the last few days.”
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