(London, Thursday 22nd January 2004) World Jewish Aid (WJAID) has answered the call of the Central Jewish Committee in Tehran to help fund a new hospital in Bam, the Iranian city where over 30,000 people lost their lives in a recent earthquake.
The earthquake that struck Iran on the morning of 26th December 2003, left over 80,000 people homeless and 30,000 survivors injured - mainly in Bam.
WJAID received the request for aid only last week from Mr Harun Yeshayaie, Chairman of the Central Jewish Committee in Tehran. Mr Yeshayaie is a member of the committee, set up by the Organisation of Charitable Hospitals to raise funds and oversee the building of the new hospital in Bam.
Mr Yeshayaie wanted to find a way for the Iranian Jewish community to help those people most in need. It was decided that the hospital would be an important way of enabling the community to help rebuild the infrastructure of the city.
The request from Mr Yeshayaie came in light of the statement from the Iranian Government that it would welcome aid from anywhere in the world apart from Israel.
The President of Israel, Iranian-born Moshe Katsav, said: "I believe that the citizens of Israel, despite the Iranian leaders' statement will engage to provide humanitarian aid through international organisations."
Tony Leifer, Chairman of WJAID said: "The unique contribution to be made by World Jewish Aid, will make this promise a reality."
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