Afghan children in Germany for treatment
17 October 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - A plane carrying 59 injured Afghan children requiring surgery landed in the port city of Hamburg Wednesday and was set to fly back with 20 other youngsters already treated in Germany.
17 October 2007
Hamburg (dpa) - A plane carrying 59 injured Afghan children requiring surgery landed in the port city of Hamburg Wednesday and was set to fly back with 20 other youngsters already treated in Germany.
The arriving children were to be sent to 30 hospitals across Germany for treatment under a scheme run by the organization Kinder Brauchen Uns (Children Need Us) and a Hamburg hospital company.
The Albertine hospitals group said it was one of the biggest medical relief airlifts of recent years in Europe.
Five doctors and other medical staff from Hamburg's Albertine Hospital accompanied the children aged 3 to 17 on the flight to Germany.
After their hospital treatment they are to recuperate with home- stay families in Germany for several months.
The flight alone, which has been in preparation for the past two months, cost 110,000 euros (156,000 dollars).
The relief organization has brought 300 poor Afghan children to Germany since 2002 for medical treatment, most of them victims of bomb blasts, burns or heart complaints.
The return leg of the charter flight was to take home 20 Afghan youngsters who have successfully undergone treatment in German hospitals.
The organization plans to conduct two such flights a year in future if it can collect sufficient funding.
Subject: German news