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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
One Iraqi liberated - of her little arm

Israa Abdul Amir
Photographer Alan Pogue took this striking photograph of an injured Iraqi child in March of 2000.  He had traveled to Iraq to participate in a Veterans for Peace and Voices in the Wilderness project to rebuild a water treatment plant in Basra.  In December of 2002 he returned to Iraq and found her in the remote southern village of Abu Floos, where she lives with her family.

Her name is 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.

Cole Miller and Alan Poque went to the Middle East in March of last year in an attempt to bring Israa to the United States for medical care and a prosthetic arm.  They stayed in Amman and went to the Iraqi embassy each morning in the hope that visas to enter Iraq would be made available to them.  However, the visas did not come through before the invasion began and Israa was left behind.

On August 9, 2004, Cole Miller and Alan Pogue began a Journey to Basra, Iraq to bring Israa, the girl in the No More Victims poster, to Shriners Hospital in Houston, Texas.  Read their daily posts from the Middle East in the Journey to Iraq Journal.  You can help support this project by making a tax-deductible contribution.

I'm posting this because Alan Poque and Cole Miller have just returned.  Their trip blog is an interesting and compelling thing to read.

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Posted at 03:29 pm by John Furie Zacharias


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