Operation USA announced today (February
18, 2003) that it was preparing an emergency airlift to Iraq to resupply
the country's devastated health care system. Due to the U.S. embargo on
Iraq and the United Nations sanctions in effect, the airlift will of necessity
take place after the current political-military crisis has eased. If war
does take place, Operation USA will send in supplies immediately afterwards;
if war is sensibly and happily avoided, Operation USA supplies will flow
once the necessary approvals are granted from various authorities controlling
access to Iraq.
Our partners in this effort are International
Medical Corps, Mercy Corps and the various United Nations agencies. We
are not funded by the US government.
Operation USA was active in 1991-1995
before and after the first Gulf War assisting refugees from Kuwait in refugee
camps on the Iraq-Jordan border; aiding displaced Kurds in northern Iraq
and helping provide emergency food supplements to children in Baghdad.
We have worked in the Middle East since 1982 providing medical assistance
to refugees and displaced persons in Lebanon, the West Bank/Gaza and Jordan.