Five year old Youssif was burned on his face and hands when masked men came up to him, threw gasoline over him and set him afire months ago. He was left with scars on his face and hands, but his family cannot afford the surgery he needs.
Youssif has become angry and withdrawn. Neighborhood children exclude him from play. His mother reports that he has become "spiteful" "sensitive" and jealous of his little sister. Youssif recalls the senseless and violent attack fully.
His scarring causes other problems.
"Even things like eating have become a chore. His face contorts when he tries to shovel rice into his mouth, carefully angling the spoon and then using his fingers to push the little grains through lips he can no longer fully open."
I'm posting this in hopes that someone with an organization that can help will see it- spreading the word always helps. And, if you would, prayers for this family would also help.
UPDATE: The Children's Burn Foundation , a nonprofit organization in the US, has generously offered to fund all the medical costs of Youssif's treatment. His family will need help with other costs, including transportation and lodging since his treatments will extend most likely over a year. Donations can be made at the Children's Burn Foundation's website at www.childburn.org
There are others like Youssif who are suffering from the effects of the war - loss of an education. Some parents are keeping children confined to their homes due to the violence.
If you'd like to help our troops help Iraqi children, please visit Operation Iraqi children.
[visual description: Two soldiers, one male and one female, hold OIC school packets for distribution. Actor Gary Sinise, who is a co-founder of the organization, stands between them.]