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June 26, 2006

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Task Force Rebuilds School, Clinic in Yemen

By U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert Palomares

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa

ADEN , Yemen , June 20, 2006 — The quiet, yet steady, humanitarian efforts of U.S. and coalition forces continue to foster stability in the region.

Thomas Krajeski, the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen , and U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen Johnson, the chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa , were on hand to officially dedicate the Zenab Girls’ Secondary School and the Al Mansura Clinic here on June 6.

"We believe the school will inspire young women to learn and we are confident that it will provide educational opportunities for future leaders. This work represents another step towards peace and prosperity throughout the region", U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen Johnson.

“I am happy to be here with you all today to dedicate - or rather, to rededicate - the Zenab Girls’ School,” Krajeski said.

“This project is for you,” he said to the young women who will study at the school.

“We - the United States, our coalition partners and Yemen together - believe in your potential, and have great hopes for your futures,” the ambassador added.

The $256,000 project, which was sponsored by Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, included adding a third level to the existing building, replacing all electrical and plumbing fixtures, reinforcing all of the walls and painting the building.

“Yemeni women are scaling new heights in their achievements and their opportunities,” Krajeski added during his remarks. “But we have more to do to ensure that our young women have as many doors open to them as our young men.”

"We believe the school will inspire young women to learn and we are confident that it will provide educational opportunities for future leaders,” Johnson said. “This work represents another step towards peace and prosperity throughout the region.”

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After the school dedication, the ambassador and chief of staff then traveled to the Al-Mansura Clinic, where the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa civil affairs team repaired the roof, repainted the clinic rooms, upgraded all of the windows and doors, and installed brand new electrical systems.

Dr. Elham Fahim, director of the clinic, welcomed Krajeski and Johnson and took them on a tour of the facility.

“This clinic represents a long-term investment in future generations of this community, the country of Yemen , and the entire region,” said Johnson.

“The clinic sees up to 200 patients a day,” Dr. Fahim said.

“That is less than we used to see, because there are more clinics being built around the city. But there is a need for more,” she said.

“The clinic provides a variety of needed services to the community, such as primary care, general practice, pediatric care, as well as vaccinations,” Dr. Fahim said.

“This clinic is good here, but there is a great need for care in the rural areas, because the mothers do not have the means to come here,” she concluded.

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, which is based at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti , is focused on detecting, disrupting, and ultimately defeating transnational terrorist groups operating in the region.