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USAF, SOUTHCOM evacuate six injured Guatemalan Children
U.S. Southern Command
June 8, 2018 | 1:40
A U.S. Air Force C-17 transported six critically injured Guatemalan children to the United States for treatment.

At the direction of U.S. Southern Command, the aircraft from the 172nd Airlift Wing in Jackson, Mississippi, along with a team of medical specialists, flew the children and their guardians to Galveston, Texas, to receive treatment for burns and injuries received during the recent eruption of the Fuego volcano.

SOUTHCOM has also donated equipment to help Guatemalan first responders.

The equipment includes: gas detectors, tools, and personal protective equipment.

The government of Guatemala requested the assistance through the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City and gave the approval for the mission.

In foreign disasters like this one, the U.S. Agency for International Development typically leads the U.S. government efforts.

The U.S. military has a history of supporting relief missions and working with international organizations and host nations to aid people impacted by disasters.

Most recently in the Caribbean, where hurricanes Matthew, Irma, and Maria caused widespread devastation.

Prior to the volcano eruption, SOUTHCOM provided assistance to Guatemala to help it prepare for natural disasters, including the construction and donation of an emergency operations center and a disaster relief warehouse.

The emergency operations center was activated after the eruption by the country’s National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction.

The six children are currently receiving treatment at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Galveston, Texas.
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