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Myanmar: "Disease will break out" [This Week's Voices]
May 23, 2008 by The IRC
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|A weekly round-up of notable quotes from the news and the Web:
“If these people aren’t reached and aid got to them quickly, and shelter and toilet facilities, disease will break out.”- Gordon Bacon, IRC emergency coordinator in Myanmar, speaking with The Daily Telegraph (UK) about the dire conditions confronting cyclone victims
“Our partners who are now distributing the goods say that the local authorities have been extremely cooperative. We are also getting exceptionally good assistance from the monasteries, from the monks. They have helped us to identify who are the most vulnerable. They need, of course, much more help.”- Melissa Winkler, IRC emergency communications director, in a Q&A with the Bangkok Post
"The Iraqis that we’re serving right now are coming with serious medical and psychosocial needs.”- Vu Dang, IRC resettlement director in Silver Spring, Maryland, in an article on Examiner.com that profiled an Iraqi refugee family resettled by the IRC in the Washington, D.C. area
"Family reunification has been a difficult process for many. Some of the most difficult (cases) are those where children have been separated from mothers, for one reason or another. When mothers have attempted to use the processes available to them, the results have been very disappointing."- Ken Briggs, IRC resettlement director in Tucson, in an interview with The Tucson Citizen for a profile of Tommy Taye, a 29-year-old Liberian refugee who aspires to help other Liberian refugees in Tucson.
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