War-injured Iraqi child to visit Asheville

Ten-year-old Salee Allawe lost both legs to a U.S. air strike in Iraq in November of 2006.

Since July, she has received medical treatment and has been fitted for prosthetics at Shriners Hospital in Greenville, S.C. Allawe and her father Hussein Allawe were brought to the area by No More Victims, a nonprofit group that works to provide medical sponsorships for war-injured Iraqi children while advocating for peace.

The Western North Carolina Peace Coalition and First Congregational Church will welcome Allawe and her father to Asheville with a potluck dinner, followed by a presentation given by No More Victims’ founder Cole Miller on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Following Miller’s presentation, there will be an 8 p.m. prayer vigil at Pritchard Park.

The events are free of charge, but donations made to No More Victims will go toward the needs of the Allawe family as well as to other war-injured Iraqi children in need of medical care.

For more information about Salee and her family, visit No More Victims or
Upstate Compassion.

For more info about the Asheville event, contact Susan Oehler at dancewater2@gmail.com or 337-1137, or Anne Craig at tcraig@buncombe.main.nc.us or 252-4536.

— Cecil Bothwell, staff writer


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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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