No More Victims has conducted more than a dozen medical relief projects that secured critically-needed medical treatment in the United States for war-injured Iraqi children. We now assist other groups form fully independent projects of their own applying the NMV model. One such group, Healing Children of Conflict in Grand Rapids, Michigan, successfully completed its first project in June of 2001.
We have focused on two basic approaches: evacuation for treatment in the United States; and advocacy projects, which provide assist wounded children and their families and to increase local awareness about the civilian consequences of US military operations abroad. These projects connect American individuals, communities and groups with Iraqi children, families, hospitals and caregivers. This can begin to forge bonds of sympathy and solidarity between civil society in the United States and civil society in Iraq. Given the magnitude of the human tragedy that the invasion and occupation have caused, these efforts should be greatly multiplied.
Evacuation and treatment in the United States: You group would work, with our assistance, to identify a child injured by US forces and arrange for pro bono medical treatment for the child in your community. These are intense, long-term projects that require substantial funding and the dedicated efforts of a core group of 4-6 people as well as a larger group of occasional volunteers.
Evacuation and treatment in the United States: We identify children injured as a direct result of U.S. military assault and seek medical sponsorships for them in the United States. These are intense, long-term projects that require substantial funding and the dedicated efforts of a core group of 5 – 10 people as well as a larger group of occasional volunteers.
Advocacy and in-country assistance: Your group would seek, with our assistance, to identify children injured by U.S. forces and find ways to assist the child and his or her family. Advocacy projects are well suited to high school, college and smaller community groups. Your group would seek to secure the child’s medical report, photos, and a summary of the facts regarding the military operation that injured the child. The group then prepares a needs assessment and works to meet the child’s most pressing needs.
These methods make it possible for American communities to contribute in a meaningful way to the health and well being of victims of aggression. We urge you to get involved.