IsraAID Brings Help to Gori

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CBNNews.com - GORI, Georgia - IsraAID, an umbrella organization for several Israeli relief groups, is bringing much-needed aid to residents of Gori, following Russia's mid-August military offensive in Georgia.

Gori's estimated 65,000 refugees include some who fled nearby South Ossetia when Russia invaded and residents of Gori, whose homes were destroyed during the fighting.

Israel Flying Aid is producing some 3,000 cooked meals a day for 5,000 people living in a refugee camp in the city.

Shachar Zehavi, IsraAID director, said aid efforts underscore that "Israeli civilian aid can get anywhere and help anyone in need and that the Jewish people are among the first to help."

I Relief, another Israeli aid group, brought seven trauma treatment professionals to help train Georgian teachers and social workers in trauma therapy for war-weary survivors.

The Jewish Agency and B'nai Brith are also helping to distribute aid in Gori.

Until the Russians leave and people can return to their villages and towns to resume normal life, the Israeli aid organizations will continue doing everything they can to help.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, YNet news

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