A 9-year-old Iraqi girl injured during a U.S. air strike may walk again after she receives prosthetic legs at a hospital here.
Salee Allawe arrived at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport on Sunday with her father, about eight months after a bomb hit her home in Hasswa, Iraq. She and her brother were playing with friends outside during the air strike, which killed her 8-year-old brother, Akram. Salee’s legs had to be amputated at the knees.
The November 2006 strike came just days after her family moved about 40 miles from Baghdad to Hasswa, thinking it would be safer, said Cole Miller, a co-founder of the nonprofit No More Victims, which helps Iraqi children injured in the war.
The local Upstate Coalition of Compassion partnered with No More Victims to bring Salee and her father, Hussein, to Greenville for medical help she couldn’t get in Iraq. Donations paid for her travel and visa expenses.
“She says she’s very, very happy to be here,” said Haifa Abdulhadi, who translated for Salee.