Honor Society Collecting Relief Supplies for Iraqis

Posted: November 23, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

With the situation in Iraq deteriorating day by day, the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society at Mason decided to do their part to help out people in need in Iraq. From now until Dec. 9, the honor society is collecting clothing, school supplies, personal and baby care supplies, toys, art supplies, and house and kitchen accessories. No medicine, food, or cosmetics will be accepted. Boxes are located near the information desks in the Johnson Center, SUB I, and SUB II.

Marwa Alkhairo, a government and international politics major, is coordinating the event. With many of her family members living in Iraq, Alkhairo felt she had to do her part to help the people of the war-torn country. “After I came back from Iraq this summer, I became quite hurt and disheartened by the deteriorating and devastating situation there. I had to do something not only as someone who has family there, but as a human being who realizes the severity of this humanitarian crisis.”

Donations will also be collected during a screening of the independent film, About Baghdad at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Johnson Center Cinema. The Center for Global Studies is sponsoring the screening of the film, which follows an exiled Iraqi poet who returns to Baghdad accompanied by a group of academics and artists to see what has become of the war-torn capital. Some of the filmmakers will be at the event to discuss their experiences and take questions from the audience.

The honor society has partnered with International Relief and Development, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Arlington, for the drive. Items will be shipped to Baghdad and will be distributed to people in need. Large donations or money donations can be made by contacting Alkhairo at GMUIraqDrive@aol.com.

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