International Relief for Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 Despite its own financial turmoil, Africa responded with search and rescue teams, security and relief funding. All together, African countries pledged more than $10 million in aid. Benin vowed to enhance security assistance to the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, and Senegal offered free land to Haitians wishing to move there. China, which lost eight peacekeepers in the quake, contributed professional expertise in dealing with natural disasters through a 60-member rescue team, which included detection dogs and seismological experts. Japan sent a 24-member civilian medical team and a 110-member military team of medical and other personnel. Shortly after the quake, Israel provided a high-tech field hospital with an emergency room, two operating rooms, and a maternity and children’s ward. Jordan also established a field hospital. The 27 European Union member states approved $575 million in aid and a police force of 300. France dispatched the Francis Garnier, a ship that specializes in humanitarian missions, and three military transport planes. Norway earmarked $17.5 million for the World Food Program, Doctors without Borders, the Red Cross and other organizations. Haiti’s tragedy led to $39 million in private contributions from Canada. The country also deployed two warships, 2,000 military personnel and hosted the Ministerial Preparatory Conference of the Group of Friends of Haiti on January 25. Delegations from 13 countries, as well as international entities such as the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization of American States, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund convened at the conference to coordinate humanitarian aid and reconstruction efforts. U.S. Department of State, AP, Reuterslast_img

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