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Catholic aid convoy arrives in Bam. Donations still needed

Irish Aid agency, Trocaire, is reported in The Belfast Herald saying that a seven-truck convoy of relief from Catholic aid agencies has now arrived in Bam.

Maurice McQuillan, Trocaire's emergency officer, has seen the devastation in the Iranian city first-hand. He said: "The arrival of this convoy will bring much needed assistance to thousands. Food items such as water, cooking oil, canned goods, flour and sugar along with blankets, tents and medicines will help deal with people's physical needs."

"But thousands are suffering from trauma and need psychological support. Nearly all survivors lost relatives in the earthquake - parents, spouses and children. About 6,000 children have lost at least one parent and Trocaire, through Caritas, is looking at ways to meet these needs through post-trauma counselling."

Meanwhile, the Caritas Internationalas website carries a new update published yesterday which gives some insight into the enormous psychological toll exerted on the population by the disaster.

The Caritas Australia website carries information about the specific assistance being provided by the agency from Australia. Donations can still be made to Caritas Australia through their secure website or by telephoning 1800 024 413.

Belfast Telegraph - Mercy convoy gets to stricken earthquake city(pdf file)

16 Jan 2004