"Big" Kenny Alphin arrives in Sudan with medical supplies
Monday, October 22, 2007
– Kenny Alphin, also known as the Big in Big & Rich, arrived safely in The Sudan, bringing medical supplies to the needy.
Alphin has made conditions in Darfur his cause. He is working in Akon, The Sudan.
Alphin said in an email he sent Sunday, "The past 24 hours in the village of Akon have been the most incredible of my life. We were greeted on the runway by over 500 singing children and community members and leaders. David (physician and friend David Marks is coordinating medical supply aid with Dr. Luka Deng on the ground in Sudan) met with over 75 patients today, and the line will be longer tomorrow as word spreads. From the school under trees, the clinic with not more than a roof and a table, to a public meeting where they all sang and expressed there appreciation of our visit and urgent needs, this trip has already surpassed my expectations."
"Some thirty of the patients seen today had malaria. Most of them had to wade across rivers to come to school. Some walk three hours each way to get here. I've never in my life seen a more impoverished situation nor have I ever met more genuinely happy and appreciative people. They have fought for over 20 years for their basic freedoms, now they have to fight for their lives, the basic necessities of food, water, education and healthcare. Their main concern is to save their children. The aid we were able to bring will no doubt save lives."
"We were able to arrive with all 20 crates of aid we brought from the U.S. in addition to picking up a couple hundred survival kits from CSI for returning refugees. The trip has no doubt encouraged us all to take responsibility to help and improve humankind. A world with out prejudice!!"
Alphin will return to the U.S. Thursday.
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