• Kyodo News


A nongovernmental group has launched an annual buy-chocolate campaign to support pediatric cancer patients in Iraq ahead of Valentine’s Day.

The Japan Iraq Medical Network has prepared 120,000 cans of chocolate this year, 20,000 more than last year, thanks to a rise in repeat donors, the organization said.

“You can help reduce the death toll among children by making a small donation,” said Dr. Minoru Kamata, head of the group.

This year’s campaign is the sixth of its kind for the nongovernmental organization.

Each can, featuring a drawing on the outside by Iraqi children with cancer, contains 10 heart-shaped chocolates made by Rokkatei Confectionary Co. in Obihiro, Hokkaido.

Donors can help by calling (03) 3209-8177 or buying the cans at an exhibition on Iraqi child artists at Gallery Hibiya in Tokyo from Feb. 4 to 9.

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