Friday, March 25, 2005

Help these kids

While Shrub was partying the night away at his inauguration, nine children were orphaned when their parents were mistakenly shot by US military personnel at a checkpoint. Now a fund has been set up to help this family. Although I'd adopt these kids myself if I could, it's tempting to think that they may have become the recipients of more than their fair share of attention. After all, there are thousands of Iraqi families who have had loved ones killed and maimed, or who have lost their homes. However, this fund helps more than just this one family. An e-mail from the photojournalist who covered the story was reprinted on bOINGbOING:
Money donated to the cause will first go to arranging medical care for Racan, a boy in the car who's spinal column was damaged by one of the bullets and will never walk again unless treatment outside of Iraq is arranged for him. (Humanitarian workers and others in Iraq are working toward this now.) Excess funds will go to the extended family (the Hassan's had nine children) and to civil projects in Tal Afar itself, most likely a school built to commemorate the deaths.


Anonymous Malcolm Mead said...

Thank you for your comments on the Hassan Family Fund. I'm here to tell you that it definitely is the intention of the fund to do things for the community of these children, so thank you for bringing it up.

The idea behind the fund, after dealing with immediate family needs like medical attention for Racan, is to make some lasting change for the better in the community, and do so in the name of Mr. and Mrs. Hussein Hassan.

The pain is not going to go away simply because a school is built, but in a tiny way, we might be able to stamp out any sense of futility by having something good come from this in memory of their parents.

Thank you for linking to the site.

God Bless.

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