Falkland Is. Government makes donation to Oxfam.
Falkland Islands Government (FIG) donates £1,000 to Oxfam GB in support of the charity's work in Iraq, continuing its pledge to help relieve human suffering and crisis situations around the world.
Oxfam's relief programme in Iraq is focused around emergency work on water supply and sanitation systems, with its teams based in Baghdad, Basra and Nassiriyah, and a western and central Iraq team making assessment visits from Jordan.
The charity reports a high risk of disease outbreak in Iraq as the health, water and sanitation situation remains chronic, and it is preparing for a possible cholera outbreak. Fifty one cases of cholera in Basra were reported by end of May 2003. Drugs are few and too expensive, so people are not going to clinics for treatment.
Councillor Richard Cockwell, FIG said: "We may be a small island community, but we feel greatly for the suffering of others around the world and hope our donation will contribute to improving the lives of a great number of people in Iraq."
The Falkland Islands has a resident population of 2,379 people (2001 Census) which, over the last twelve months, has campaigned and fund-raised more than £27,000 to support various charities and good causes, both locally and overseas. This includes £1,200 for the ‘Give A Quid for An Iraqi Kid' campaign launched by The Sun newspaper and backed in the Islands by the local radio station, Falkland Islands Broadcasting Service.
In turn, over the last twelve months Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has helped nearly thirty charities, associations and institutions with donations of more than £100,000. Most recently this includes a £3,000 donation to WaterAid for its work in Bangladesh.
For more information about the Falkland Islands visit www.falklandislands.com
For full details of Oxfam's work in Iraq visit: www.oxfam.org.uk.