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January 08, 1993 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-01-08

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We cannot stand silent
in the face of
Somali suffering.

Help us build a
refugee center
for 20,000

As American Jews, we support our
country's courageous humanitarian
effort inside Somalia. But we also
know that the crisis is far from over.
In the past 18 months, millions of lives
have been disrupted, destroyed and
devastated. One out of every two
Somalis is now a refugee.
As a community, we cannot remain
silent in the face of continued Somali
suffering. Our own history cries out to
us to do all we can to save these peo-
ple. To help them regroup and recoup.
To build a silver lining into this journey
to hell.
Thus, American Jewish organizations
have joined with Israel's renowned
humanitarian, Abie Nathan, to build a
tent city for Somali refugees. Plans
call for a truly humane 2000-tent oper-
ation for 20,000 refugees. With its
food distribution, cooking facilities,
medical center, electricity and sanita-

tion, this whole center can be built in
six weeks by American and Israeli vol-
The project has the support of the
United Nations. Our current camp site
is in Kenya on the Somali border.
But if the need for a tent city there
should diminish over the next few
weeks, we will work with international
agencies and relocate to a more
urgent spot. In any case, all funds
will go only toward Somali assistance.
During the High Holy Days, we issued
an urgent appeal for help. Thanks to
an outpouring of generosity from the
American Jewish and Israeli commu-
nities, we've raised most of the funds
needed. But we still need to raise
$200,000 more before construction
can begin.
If you have already contributed, you
have our heartfelt thanks — and our
hope that you'll pass this ad along to
a caring friend. If you have not yet
contributed, please do so now.
We call upon our people to reach into
our collective memory and reach out
to a people in torment. To pit our
strength against their suffering.
Our love against their lives.
To literally make the difference
between life and death.

This space provided as a courtesy by The Jewish News

Sponsored and supported by

Jewish Coalition for Somali Refugee Relief

American Jewish Committee

NFTS - Women of Reform Judaism

American Jewish Congress

Nat'l Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council

Anti-Defamation League

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

B'nai B'rith International

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Council of Jewish Federations (CJF)

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations

Women's League for Conservative Judaism

Friends of Meretz

World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jews



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"If one saves a single life, it is as if one saved an entire world."

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