After writing my editorial on that burnt Iraqi boy named Youssif last night, I wanted to update my readers of his plight.
Within my email box today, I received a wonderful letter which is below from a captain in the Navy. I will not give out his last name to protect his identity.I too was moved to tears over the CNN story, and yes, although there are many others like him, we have the opportunity to help him in particular. I've reached out to Shriners Burn Hospital in Boston, and I'm also a member of a military chivalric charitable organization called the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem. We do a number of charitable works, especially in the Levant, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We're looking to provide support for this boy to get the care he needs.Do you have any other contacts we could reach to try to coordinate efforts? Very Respectfully, CAPT Bob
It was then I wrote him stating that I am an independent writer who is non-paid and confessed that I do not have the contacts since I am not a part of any news organization, but to keep me apprised of Youssif’s progress.
I then became aware through subsequent emails that help is on its way for Yousiff. This is where I believe that journalism be it mainstream or through the alternative media works at its finest. While bringing someone’s plight before the viewers or in my case my readers eyes, help can be brought to those who are in need of it.
As reported by CNN, “users responded by the thousands to the story asking how they could help.” That is what makes me believe that there is still some good in this world where folks are willing to pay it forward so to speak. It is where they think outside of self. But, more importantly feel outside of self.
Also reported by CNN, “the family had to make a decision on whether to leave their homeland or stay inside Iraq for treatment. If they chose to leave, could they get visas to travel to the United States or leave Iraq safely?” This is where I am in favor of open borders and where our government must do everything humanly and compassionately possible to insure that this boy gains entry into our country for the medical help he will need.
I was heartened to read, “The Children's Burn Foundation -- a non-profit organization based out of Sherman Oaks, California, that provides support for burn victims locally, nationally and internationally -- has agreed to pay for the transportation for Youssif and his family to come to the United States and to set up a fund so you can donate.” This is where I do hope that many of the viewers who saw the story will look to donate to his medical care.
The surgeries will be performed by Dr. Peter Grossman who is donating his services to Youssif’s care and what a great reward for a doctor to help a child afflicted with the scars of war.
As provided by CNN, they have provided a way for you to help donate to Yousiff’s care by going to this link. “There's a drop down menu under the "general donation" area that is marked "Youssif's fund."
I do think that it is extremely important that the mainstream news ferrets out these children in need so that we can all help them. As an alternative media editorialist, I will continue to search out ways through bringing stories such as Youssif’s to you if you have missed the broadcasts on your news stations.
As horrified as I was upon hearing this story through CNN, I am filled with joy that thousands of Americans refused to leave this child behind.
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