Israa is now14 years old. She and her father have been traveling in the U.S She was a patient at Shriners Hospital in Texas where she received a prosthetic arm and rehabilitative treatment.
Last December she had a week on Catalina Island with a family with a daughter her age. She tells of a slumber party. The other girl was so glad she took off her scarf, laughed and danced with the girls. They taught each other dance steps.
Many people do not know that the United States bombed Iraq on what was a virtually weekly basis during the 12 years of sanctions. These bombings occurred during Operation Southern Watch and Operation Northern Watch. Although many people were injured or killed during these bombings, the effects were relatively small compared to what is happening in Iraq right now. Iraq Veterans Against the War will continue to call to bring the troops home now and also help the people who have been harmed from the effects of poor U.S. foreign policy in Iraq.
IVAW is proud to announce a working partnership with an organization called No More Victims. The mission of No More Victims, a non-profit, non-sectarian, humanitarian organization, is to restore health and well being to victims of war and to advocate and educate for peace.
No More Victims is currently helping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl named Israa Abdul Amir. Israa was severely injured in a missile attack conducted by the US military on the morning of January 25, 1999. She had just finished a test at the Al Najed primary school and was walking home from school when the missile struck. A large piece of shrapnel severed her right arm below the shoulder and she suffered chest and abdominal wounds. A metal fragment remains lodged in her skull, a souvenir of the American Empire; doctors could not remove it for fear of killing her. Israa was nine years old.