Mideast Council of Churches Prepares for the Worst

BEIRUT, Lebanon, MARCH 13, 2003 (ZENIT.orgFides).- The Middle East Council of Churches is preparing for a humanitarian disaster that an Iraqi war could bring.

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In Iraq, Syria and Jordan the MECC is preparing to help an estimated 2 million internally displaced persons and as many as 5.4 million more who will need food aid when war disrupts delivery of monthly government aid.

In a letter dated Feb. 26 and addressed to friends and partners, MECC secretary Riad Jarjour said that Mideast churches are praying for the best but preparing for the worst.

MECC has conducted training sessions for volunteers in Jordan and Syria near the Iraqi border to enable them to deal with the problems of internally displaced persons and refugees.

It has also identified some 18 centrally located local churches in Iraq where food supplies and other aid will be received and distributed to all in need without regard to religion.

In addition the MECC is in contact with the Iraqi Ministry of Health and local hospitals and is allowed to deliver emergency medical supplies as needed.

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