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First Relief Convoy arrives in Sth Lebanon

With security conditions stabilising in southern Lebanon, World Vision's first relief convoy arrived in Marjeyoun a few days ago.

The convoy consisted of three World Vision trucks, four locally hired six-wheel trucks and two oil tankers sandwiched between white World Vision jeeps. The trucks carried 51 tons of goods, including food and hygiene items, while the oil tankers carried 31,000 litres of diesel.

Ten World Vision Lebanon staff accompanied the convoy. Prior to departure, staff were briefed and updated on security conditions by senior security officer Ray Bonniwell, who also took part in the convoy.

Khoury explained that given the current security and road conditions, the convoy would only make it to Marjeyoun, a cluster of 32 villages some five kilometres from the Blue Line. A direct relief convoy to Bint Jbeil, another cluster of villages three kilometres from the Blue Line, was not possible.

The convoy moved slowly along a heavily bombed road. World Vision flags and stickers were used for or security reasons to help make the convoy visible. White flags were also placed on oil tankers. The journey, normally only 90 minutes, was almost tripled due to all bridges being bombed during the conflict.

At midday the convoy arrived at Marjeyoun Area Development Programme (ADP), where national staff and volunteers were waiting.

"The distribution will cover 12 villages in Marjeyoun, and will take place with the help of the Debbine municipality, one of our major local partners," said Hanna Swidan, Marjeyoun ADP manager.


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