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Healing the Healer: Dr. Muhammad
Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence (Jun 20, 2008)
Kathy Kelly writes from Jordan with an appeal for an Iraqi doctor in need of an urgent surgery.  In the process, she gives us a window into the struggles of Iraq's doctors to support even one of their own through the ongoing catastrophe, so that they can support and heal their people now and in the time to come.

A different kind of healing for Iraqi kids in Jordan
Najlaa Al-Nashi, Direct Aid Initiative (Mar 25, 2008)
The wounds of war go far beyond destroyed infrastructure and broken bodies. For Iraq's children, these casualties include a genuine childhood, and in many cases, the sound of laughter.

In this brief update, Najlaa Al-Nashi writes from Amman about a recent series of performances for children organized by DAI in Jordan featuring a British circus arts troupe.

Al-Fuhays: Helping the Iraqi community help itself
Najlaa Al-Nashi, Direct Aid Initiative (Dec 28, 2007)
Direct Aid Initiative's Amman Coordinator, Najlaa Al-Nashi, writes from Jordan about a new effort DAI is supporting to help Iraqis in a remote area access basic medical care by training them and connecting them to the resources they need.

Read about what DAI is doing to help people help each other, filling the many gaps that exist in the medical care being provided to displaced Iraqis.

Staff, Direct Aid Initiative (Dec 14, 2007)
Hussein, a four-year-old Iraqi boy, has a long history of hospitalizations and surgeries - first in Iraq and more recently in Jordan - aimed at treating his illness and its symptoms. Hussein and his family have lived in Jordan since late-2005. After performing numerous medical interventions, Jordanian doctors are now saying there is nothing more they can do for Hussein, who continues to suffer from Hirschsprung's Disease and its debilitating, potentially lethal effects.

DAI is committed to supporting and advocating for Hussein. It may be that doctors in the U.S. can help him. Read below for how you can help.

Staff, Direct Aid Initiative (Nov 21, 2007)
Muna's house in Kut, a village southeast of Baghdad, was struck by a US missile in early April of 2003, during the US invasion. The explosion killed Muna's parents, as well as her four brothers. It also killed her infant daughter, whose name was "Iraq". GO

Staff, Direct Aid Initiative (Nov 19, 2007)
Rasul (whose name in Arabic means 'messenger') is an eight-year-old boy from Baghdad.  Rasul was struck by gunfire as he returned from a candy store. A bullet from an ongoing firefight entered Rasul's left eye, passed through his nose, and exited his right eye. As a result, his left eye is missing entirely, and his right eye has been reduced to approximately 20% of full vision. GO

Samira and Amira
Staff, Direct Aid Initiative (Aug 27, 2007)
In the midst of family tragedy, Samira and Amira suffer from diabetes, which is easily manageable with the necessary resources, but can be quickly lethal without resources to pay for ongoing medication and check-ups. GO

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