Aid workers in Iraq face stiff challenges

Tuesday, June 3rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Amman, Jordan-AP) -- Providing humanitarian aid in Iraq is no magic carpet ride.

Elaine Bole is in Jordan with World Vision, bringing Care packages across the border into Iraq. She says her unit delivered 32-hundred packages just today.

But along the road to Baghdad, her aid convoy ran into a multi-vehicle accident. Two people were killed, trucks were jack-knifed and cars were burning.

Bole says a wicked sandstorm that caused the accident was "horrifying." She says they "couldn't see two inches" in front of their vehicle, and big trucks were coming toward them.

To make matters worse, there was nowhere to go to get off the road. Bole says "if you did get off the road, you could be standing in a landmine field."