Taking community responsibility for treating seriously wounded children is the heart of Healing Children of Conflict’s mission. We focus on treating kids with injuries so severe that local treatment is no longer an option. But while traumatic, the experiences of these children—and their families—are also stories of resilience, courage, and hope. Step by step, their treatment and recovery reaffirm our shared human dignity.
Healing Children of Conflict has begun our work by focusing on the ongoing treatment of Salee Allawe, a young girl from Huswa, Iraq, that lost both legs in a 2006 American air strike. Click the buttons on the left of the page to discover more about her and other children’s background, medical treatment, and ongoing experiences as survivors of conflicts. Currently HCC is working to bring Hamzah Al-Daeni to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for critical care.
On April 29, 2008, Imad Hamzah Al-Daeni arrived home from work. As he stepped out of his car, he noticed his five-year old son Hamzah playing outside their home. Suddenly there was a gigantic explosion.
“My son Hamzah was badly injured, covered with blood, stomach and intestines cut out of his belly. The car was destroyed and part of my house and the houses next to it. I carried my son Hamzah…and ran to the nearest hospital to my home. The doctors told me: ‘What do you want us to do with him? We cannot do anything; he will die.’ I was crying, begging; they agreed to take him, they took him into the operating room. The operation lasted for 4-5 hours. When he came out, he was in a catastrophic condition; all wrapped in bandages and tubes, and his right leg was plastered.”
While Hamzah survived the operation, he lost his right leg and has had continuous medical problems since that April day when a US bombing changed his family’s lives. In a recent interview Imad related their continuing suffering:
“My family lives in too difficult psychological conditions because of what happened to Hamzah and all of us. My wife and my children are unhappy. Seeing Hamzah, my family suffers with him. When he gets mad because he can not do certain movements, his brothers and sisters do not know what to do or how to do it. We are deprived of many things, financially and psychologically.”
Hamzah’s story is one of thousands throughout Iraq as a result of eight years of US occupation. However, you can help!
In 2006 Salee Allawe, a nine-year-old Iraqi child, had both legs blown off by a misguided American missile that struck outside her home where she was playing. This tragedy came to the attention of Cole Miller and the No More Victims team, who were able to bring her and her father to Greenville, South Carolina. There she received successful treatment and prosthetics fitting at Shriners Hospital in July of 2007. For the full, touching story see:
In Fall 2009 NMV brought her back to the United States from Baghdad for her first bi-annual refitting of new artificial legs. This process will need to be repeated every two years, for as long as Salee continues to grow.
Salee’s case is a typical proof of concept for the work Healing Children of Conflict will continue to take on. However, it is also special. A charming and dynamic young person, Salee has become a wonderful example of the No More Victims’ advocacy and a model for our growing organization. Moreover, she and her father have become effective ambassadors from the people of Iraq to the people of America—from one community to another.
Inspired by her story, Healing Children of Conflict began our work by helping defray the expenses of Salee’s most recent prosthetic refitting. In the fall of 2009 we contributed $4000 toward No More Victims’ costs for Salee’s 2009 round of medical care in Los Angeles.
Healing Children of Conflict sponsored Sayed’s medical treatment in connection with the highly-regarded Afghan non-governmental organization Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization (AHRDO) and US-based No More Victims. In 2010 HCC funded an initial visit to a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, for a comprehensive checkup and final treatment recommendation to help with Sayed’s long term medical care.