Update on Support for Iraqi Children
Posted on: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Keywords: Iraq, Middle East
There is a generation of children growing up in Iraq who have known nothing but war. And in Haweeja, one small town, their bodies bear the signs of conflict. But together, we can help create health and healing.
But I'm writing with good news.
We are working with an organization in Iraq that provides victims of wars with medical care, rehabilitation and relief. They run a health center and have agreed to receive a group of children from Haweeja. Doctors there will examine the children — a vital first step to getting these kids the care and rehabilitation services they need.
Haweeja is about a three-hour drive from the health center, so we're also working with our local partners to coordinate transportation, food and accommodation for the children and their mothers.We could not have made this possible without the support of MADRE members — thank you.
This week, 10 years since the US invasion of Iraq, I've been talking a lot to our Iraqi sisters about what this anniversary means to them. We've mourned together, but through the sadness, I've been amazed at their resolve to create peace for their children, for their country.
The women of our sister organization there say that they draw strength from knowing that they have friends in the United States who stood with them throughout this war, demanding an end to the violence and delivering the support they need through MADRE.
Together, we can make the next 10 years in Iraq about building peace and justice.
MADRE Executive Director
P.S. - I wrote an op-ed with Yanar Mohammed, our partner, about what the past 10 years have meant for Iraqi women. Click here to read it
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