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DETROIT

THE JEWISH NEWS

11 TISHREI 5755/SEPTEMBER 16, 1994

The Killing Fields

Peace
Process

A Southfield physician returns from Zaire.

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSOCIATE EDITOR

j

Assessing the effects.

break and asked Dr.
Zingeser, "How would
you like to go to Zaire?
There's going to be an
epidemic."
How could he
refuse?
A Michigan State
University graduate
who holds a master's
degree in epidemiolo-
gy from the University
of Michigan, Dr.
Zingeser says "with
public health, you're
trying to make a dent
in a huge problem." Israeli army nurse Dorit Naar works with a Rwandan refugee mother. Inset: Dr. James
Going to Zaire "allows Zingeser.
you to see an effect.
are no vaccines for cholera) and a U.N. medical team, Dr.
You can see real improve- everything to do with trail mix. Zingeser found nothing more
ments."
"Before I left, my wife took than a makeshift office when
Dr. Zingeser previously me to a camping goods store he arrived in Goma. "They
worked with the Peace Corps and bought me some wonder- were still putting up the walls.
in Jamaica and with the ful pants," he says. "I also It was a madhouse."
Cameroon Ministry of Health. stocked up on 'power bars' and
Sleeping accommodations
He says his best preparation trail mix. Those were essen- were blankets on the floor, un-
for the Zaire trip had nothing tial."
til the team moved into tents
to do with getting shots (there
Traveling with six others on KILLING FIELDS page 8

Bagels

Ti4e Hide
Tud

Once a delicious
symbol of our heritage,
now its ingredients
include assimilation.

ARLENE ERLICH
SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS

Story on page 41

JILL DAVIDSON SKLAR STAFF WRITER

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RNS PHOTO/REUTERS

ames Zingeser's days be-
gan, and ended, and were
filled, every few minutes,
with hand washing.
Soap and clean water are
the best deterrents to cholera,
which engulfed Goma, Zaire,
this summer as hundreds of
thousands of Rwandan
refugees entered the African
nation.
Dr. Zingeser, a Southfield
native and an epidemiologist,
arrived in Zaire soon after the
outbreak began Affiliated with
the Atlanta-based Centers for
Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), Dr. Zingeser
was working in Zaire with the
United Nations High
Commissioner on Refugees to
help chart the spread and ef-
fect of the cholera and subse-
quent dysentery epidemic.
Dr. Zingeser was in Atlanta
when the Rwandan refugees
began pouring into Zaire. CDC
officials expected a cholera out-

n the surface, a year doesn't seem
like much in the history of the
Middle East. But to local Jewish
and Arab leaders, the year since
the Israeli-PLO peace accord was signed
has brought significant changes both
locally and internationally.
One sign of that change occurred
Tuesday afternoon in the Detroit law
offices of Miller, Canfield, Paddock
and Stone. There, leaders of the local
Jewish and Arab communities gathered
at a reception co-sponsored by the
National Association of Arab-Americans
and the Jewish Community Council.
They met to commemorate the declara-
tion of peace.
Some 90 people of both communities
mingled around a large ice sculpture of
a dove flanked by olive branches. They
munched on Middle Eastern food as lead-
ers gave brief remarks regarding the im-
portance of the event and the work yet
to be done.
"Peace in the Middle East, that had
been seen as unobtainable, is now pos-
sible. We must continue to take steps to-
ward lasting peace," said Dr. Radwan
Khoury, assistant director of the Arab
American and Chaldean Council.
David Gad-Hart, executive director of
the Jewish Community Council, said
discussions in the past year between
Arab and Jewish groups in Detroit
have been a direct result of the peace
accord.
`Two years ago, we never would have
thought of co-sponsoring an event of any
kind, much less one commemorating the
peace process," he said.

PEACE page 10

Apples & Honey

A fun way to start
the New Year right.

Page 14

Kosher Carry-Out

Six local spots offer
meals you take home.

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