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Saturday 1 January 2005

Tzu Chi helps tsunami victims fleeing Aceh to Medan

Source : Relief Web

The Medan Chapter of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation set up a reception center at an Indonesian military base in Medan on Dec. 29 to help victims fleeing the tsunami-ravaged Ache Province to Medan.

Tzu Chi volunteers provided daily necessities and first-aid medicines at the reception center, which is open from morning till 1 a.m. The volunteers also helped transport the victims to stay with their relatives. For those who have no relatives in Medan, the volunteers sent them to the Medan reception facility and gave emergency cash to them.

In the past three days, Tzu Chi volunteers have helped hundreds of victims to settle down in Medan. Many victims told the volunteers that they would never return to Aceh, where they described as a "heart-breaking place."

Meanwhile, 22 Jakarta-based Tzu Chi volunteers and an eight-member crew from the Taipei-based Tzu Chi Da Ai TV have arrived in Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh Province, by Dec. 31 to make preparation for large-scale distribution of relief goods and providing medical care. A group of cooks will reach there soon.

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