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CBC’s Emily Brass speaks to volunteers with Winnipeg-based International Hope Canada, as they prepare a shipping container filled with medical gear bound for the Democratic Republic of Congo. With thanks to Emily Brass & CBC Manitoba Source: CBC Manitoba (7 Nov 2023) Winnipeg volunteers send much-needed medical supplies to Congo

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by Sydney Hildebrandt / WFP The Times / Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 An airplane full of medical supplies is on its way to Ethiopia, where thousands of people have been killed or displaced due to an ongoing conflict in the country’s northern region of Tigray. Ethio-Canadian Network for Advocacy and Support — whose vice-chair is Garden City resident Markos Tegegn — is co-ordinating a shipment of bandages, nasal cannulas, syringes, needles, sutures, catheters and other medical items to the East African country. Markos Tegegn (left), vice-chair of Ethio-Canadian Network for Advocacy and Support, and Mengistu Ayalew Kindie, organized the shipment of medical supplies to Ethiopia. SUPPLIED PHOTO The turmoil in Ethiopia can be described as a “war,” Tegegn said. The conflict is rooted in a political dispute between leaders in Tigray and the country’s federal government. According to media reports, thousands of civilians have been displaced or killed since Nov.…

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by Helen Tadesse / Walta Info / 8 December 2020 Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Canada, Ambassador Nassise Chali has held a webinar discussion with members of the Canadian Parliament and Executive members of the Ethio – Canadian Network for Advocacy & Support regarding the law enforcement operation in Tigray. She explained the fruits of the sweeping reform under the new political dispensation that improved the legal system expands the political sphere and restructured the National Election Board that freed it from undue influences. The TPLF clique, however, was busy undermining the reform exhibiting unruly behaviors, including masterminding ethnic and religion-based violent actions all over the country, she said. She said the government lost all its patience, restraint, and pleas for negotiation and reconciliation to peacefully resolve issues with the TPLF group after the latter attacked the Northern command of the Ethiopian Defense Forces. The law enforcement operation in Tigray is now…

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We finally managed to send our long awaited container to El Salvador! Originally scheduled to be loaded last March, the container had to be cancelled when the beds slated to be included were recalled by Winnipeg Regional Health Authority hours before loading was to begin. Unfortunately, we had to vacate our warehouse space and we couldn’t reschedule the container until we were offered short-term use of warehouse space. Luckily for us, our partner hospitals had continued to collect supplies while we were closed so on Saturday, October 17th, we finally began loading this long overdue container. Thanks to our wonderful loadmasters Wayne and Paul and 11 members of the our local El Salvadorian community, the container was packed and secured by one o’clock! We usually are able to offer a decent number of beds, but with the closure we had fewer than usual, but we did have two birthing beds,…

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Every year the IHC membership throws a Christmas Party for volunteers and it is always a fun time with good food and better company. It was a bit odd this year in that we found ourselves in exactly the same place we were a year ago – without a place to call home and no idea if this might be our last party together. Hopefully not, but it is hard to stay optimistic about our future when in a 12 month period we found a warehouse, got moved in, started replacing supplies lost in the fire and then finally had enough to fill our first container, this time to a few months later were loading our first container in months, then our second a month later. A slow down over the summer months and then back into the swing and then we found out we were losing our space and…

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