AMMAN – Three cars filled with medicine, medical supplies, two generators and one satellite phone – valued at $30,000 – arrived safely in Baghdad yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 14 May. Ra’ed Bahou, CNEWA’s Regional Director for Jordan and Iraq, reported that two Iraqi Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Sisters Habiba and Sara, accompanied CNEWA’s convoy and have completely distributed the emergency supplies as planned to Baghdad’s two Catholic hospitals, Al Hayat and St. Raphael.
A committee of Jordanian doctors and health care professionals, including Sisters Habiba and Sara, who administer Mother of Mercy Clinic, CNEWA’s prenatal and postnatal clinic in the city of Zerqa, determined the medicines and supplies needed by their Iraqi colleagues at Al Hayat and St. Raphael, Bahou said.
This initial shipment is part of a much larger CNEWA-sponsored emergency relief initiative for Iraqis, which includes 24 relief distribution centers, 19 in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad, Basra and Mosul, and five in the Jordanian capital of Amman.
Operating through the Pontifical Mission, CNEWA’s operating agency in the Middle East, CNEWA has channeled more than $4 million to needy Iraqis since 1991, particularly in the form of medicines and medical supplies.
Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA is a special agency of the Vatican, providing support to the churches and peoples of the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe.