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Asia / Tsunami Disaster / Sri Lanka / Indonesia #777433

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 16, 2005
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Akkaraipattu, Sri Lanka: Ned Colt) The medical problems on Sri Lanka's tsunami-devastated east coast featured; scenes shown from Akkaraipattu† of the people being treated for physical & psychological injuries. [Volunteer Dr. Neil BUTTS‡- worries about anxiety & depression.] [Registered nurse Mark BLOOMFIELD†- worries about waterborne illness.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Banda Aceh, Indonesia: Martin Fletcher) Concerns in hard-hit Indonesia that American relief volunteers will try to convert Muslims to Christianity examined; scenes shown from Banda Aceh of the Islamic Defense Fund collecting bodies & of the volunteers working with patients & praying privately. [American doctor Craig CHAI‡- states the mission.] [Indonesia DOCTOR - pleads for a humanity mission only, not religion.]

Seigenthaler, John;
Colt, Ned;
Fletcher, Martin

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