On November 7, 2006, Salee, a nine-year-old girl, was playing outside her home with her brother, cousin and some friends. US jets circled overhead. Salee and her father tell the story of what happened on that fateful day:
As the children played, American jets suddenly fired three missiles, apparently at passenger vehicles. One missile detonated near the children, scattering Salee’s brother and best friend across the ground and taking both of her legs. Her sister Rusul’s foot and ankle were mangled by the explosion and needed to be amputated.
No More Victims brought Salee to Shriner’s Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina, where she was fitted with two prosthetic legs. Brave New Films helped fund Salee’s travel and care with their Mother’s Day for Peace Campaign. A large team of local volunteers had banded together to make sure Salee got the care she needed. This is their story:
Her trip was covered non-stop by local and regional press, and by the time she returned home after her first round of treatment, Salee had become a household name in the Upstate. Through Salee, millions of Americans learned about the enormous human costs of American militarism. Thanks to the generosity of Shriners Hospital and the hard work of community organizers in Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC, Salee at last received the medical care she so urgently needed. She was able to return to school for the first time since the air strike and can walk just fine without the aid of crutches.
After Salee returned home, organizers in Greenville (SC) and Asheville (NC) raised funds for her second trip to the States. A high school group from Carmel sold bracelets to help Salee. No More Victims brought Salee back to Greenville for follow up prosthetic care in 2009 and again in 2011. We are grateful to the many groups and individuals who helped make Salee’s treatment possible.