Since 2003, NMV has connected children injured by US forces with medical care in the United States. These grassroots projects accomplish many objectives simultaneously. They provide care to a child in need. They reach Americans with stories that are generally ignored or avoided by the mainstream corporate press. And they empower activists with tools for educational outreach in their communities and beyond.
On April 9, 2004 at 11:00 pm, during the First Siege of Fallujah, Abdul Hakeem and his family were asleep at home when mortar rounds fired by US forces rained down on their home. His mother suffered abdominal and chest injuries and has undergone five major operations.
Alaa' Khalid Hamdan
On May 5 2005 Alaa' Khalid Hamdan was severely injured when a U.S. tank round slammed into her family's home in Al Qaim, Iraq. It was around three in the afternoon, and the children were having a tea party. Two of Alaa's brothers and three of her cousins were killed, all children under ten years of age.
Asraa' Amir Mizyad was severely injured in a missile attack perpetrated 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.
Mustafa Ahmed Abed
On November 3, 2004, Mustafa Ahmed Abed, a toddler still in diapers, came down with a fever. He lived in Fallujah, a city in western Iraq that had already been devastated by American forces in April. More than 800 civilians had been killed, thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, and now the city was on the eve of another, much larger, attack.
On April 12, 2007, a US jet fired a powerful missile into a building next door to the home where two-year-old Mustafa Ghazwan lived with his family. His uncle Anmar was in the living room with Mustafa when the attack occurred.
Mostafa's four-year-old body was riddled with more than 130 pieces of shrapnel; he lost two fingers from his dominant hand, and half of his liver had to be removed.
Omar and his family were traveling by taxi from Mosul to Baghdad to celebrate Ramadan. An American convoy opened fire on the vehicle, hitting Omar's father Sabah with three bullets -- two in the back, one in the arm. The car burst into flames.
Noora was shot in the head by a US sniper at the ripe and menacing age of 5. As her father writes, "On October 23, 2006, at 4 in the afternoon, American snipers positioned on a rooftop in my neighborhood started firing toward my car. My daughter Noora, a five-year-old child, was hit in the head."
Rusul Jalal, Salee Allawi's sister, was injured in the same US air strike that took both of Salee’s legs. The girls' brother Akram and several other children were playing outside when the missiles struck. Akram was killed, and one of Rusul’s legs was mangled so badly her foot and ankle had to be amputated.
On November 7, 2006, Salee, a nine-year-old girl, was playing outside her home with her brother, cousin and some friends. US jets 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.