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Pat Robertson's Aid Organization Is Misunderstood

The comments made by a United Nations official regarding the humanitarian efforts of religious broadcaster Pat Robertson are offensive and off base (``Aid Givers are Troubled by the West's New Neglect of Civil, Ethnic Conflicts,'' Feb. 22).

There is simply no factual basis for the comments made by Santiago Romero-Perez of the UN High Commission for Refugees, who is quoted as saying: ``These fly-by-night operations that come in, the Pat Robertsons that use the media and have their own TV show, can be a problem.''

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Operation Blessing, a humanitarian organization founded by Pat Robertson in 1978, has provided assistance to more than 114 million people worldwide in 70 countries during the last 17 years. Operation Blessing - which does generate financial support for its humanitarian work from broadcasts on Mr. Robertson's daily television program, ``The 700 Club'' - has provided $93 million in direct aid over the years.

Our medical teams responded with love and compassion providing hands-on treatment to the refugees in Rwanda.

That is the mission of Operation Blessing: to help meet both the physical and spiritual needs of a hurting world. Robert W. Fanning Virginia Beach, Va. Chief Operating Officer Operation Blessing

Your letters are welcome. For publication they must be signed and include your address and telephone number. Only a selection can be published, and none acknowledged. Letters should be addressed to ``Readers Write,'' and can be sent by Internet E-mail (200 word maximum) to OPED@RACHEL.CSPS.COM, by fax to 617-450-2317, or by mail to One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115

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