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PORTLAND, Ore. - A 6-year-old Iraqi boy who lost part of his leg to a U.S. missile arrived in Portland on Tuesday so doctors can fit him with a prosthetic leg and perform surgery to fix his colon.
The boy, named Mustaffa, was injured when he was just 2 years old and doctors are hoping to give him a better life.
It took 10 months to get the young boy here. Local organizers worked with a group called No More Victims to arrange treatment for him free of charge. Shriner’s Hospital, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House are all helping as well.
Mustaffa’s first doctor appointment will be on Thursday.
When the air raid began, Nidhal Aswad gripped her child in her arms and ran, but she couldn’t escape the nightmare that her boy’s world would become.
A U.S. missile struck a nearby building, knocking the two to the street in Fallujah, western Iraq. When Aswad regained consciousness, she heard her 2-year-old, Mustafa Ahmed Abed, screaming. Shrapnel had severed his bowel, left leg and most of his hip.
That terrible day in November 2004, Aswad couldn’t have imagined that nearly four years later, strangers from the same country that fired that missile would donate money and medical expertise to help her child heal. She couldn’t have dreamed, in other words, of the scene that unfolded Tuesday at Portland International Airport, after her husband and son touched down.
On the September 4 Recovery Zone, host Stephanie Potter speaks with Ned Rosch of the Portland chapter of No More Victims, an organization that helps to connect American communities to children who have been maimed by U.S. military actions in Iraq, and provide them with medical care, friendship and hope. The group here is sponsoring 5-year-old Mustafa Abed who lost his leg in a U.S. bombing raid.
AMMAN - Within the coming week, Mustafa Abed and Mustafa Ghazwan, two Iraqi children severely injured during separate incidents in the Iraq war, are scheduled cross the Atlantic to receive free medical treatment with the help of US-based human rights organisation No More Victims (NMV).
Since 2004, the organisation has been working in Amman to facilitate medical treatment in Jordan, Syria and the US for Iraqi children directly injured by US-led coalition military operations. The medical care is completely paid for by American community groups, employing Iraqi doctors displaced by the conflict to perform surgeries and rehabilitative services for affected children.