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Iraqi Child Set On Fire Brought To America For Treatment

SHERMAN OAKS - A 6-year-old Iraqi boy who made international headlines when he was doused in gasoline and set on fire by masked insurgents outside his Baghdad home has arrived in Los Angeles to begin months of treatment at the Grossman Burn Center.

Youssif, whose last name was not released for security reasons, was playing outside his home on Jan. 15 when he was attacked by masked men, according to published reports. He was left with his face disfigured and his hands deeply scarred. He was 5 at the time.

The story of the brutal attack garnered worldwide attention last month after Youssif's desperate father, who couldn't find anyone to treat his son, approached a television crew from CNN and reportedly said: "Look at what these monsters did to my boy."

Viewers who saw the news report contacted the Sherman Oaks-based Children's Burn Foundation. The foundation, which provides support for burn victims here and abroad, secured visas for the family, covered the transportation to the United States and will pay for all medical costs.

"I have never known a situation like this in which the burn was caused due to such incredible violence," said Barbara Friedman, the foundation's executive director, adding that 12,000 people contacted the foundation after hearing Youssif's story.
The boy and his parents arrived Tuesday morning. He was examined Wednesday by Dr. Peter Grossman, co-medical director of the burn center.

Grossman said Youssif was quiet and tentative when they met.

Treatment will include the removal of thickened scar tissue around Youssif's nose, as well as gradually stretching the existing skin on the boy's face.

"It's a pretty tragic situation," Grossman said. "It shows the worst in human beings, to torture a child in this way, and yet what we've seen is the best in humanity of all who wanted to help."

Friedman said the family is in disbelief with all the attention.

"When they got off the plane, they were so gracious," she said. "As we were driving away from the airport, his mother said, `It's so quiet here. There are no bombs."'

Last year, the foundation provided support for more than 475 children and families. More than 70 percent of the children who receive help have been burned by coffee, boiling water, soup and other scalding liquids, Friedman said.

"If there is any good that can come of this tragedy, it's that Youssif's story will inspire people to learn more about the needs of severely burned children and offer their support to Youssif and other children like him," she said.

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  • Proof that children cannot live in a war zone. Stop the war.

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  • lasrever: "
    radgy: "
    lasrever: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "Proof that children cannot live in a war zone. Stop the war."
    stop the war?no,we wouldnt wanna stop the fuckers that would pour gas on a kid,now would we"
    Napalm is made from kerosene, right? I wonder if the Pentagon has admitted using it in Iraq. Ah yes, it has.

    http://tinyurl.com/2zlk2

    Has this napalm also hit civilians?

    Well it did in Fallujah.

    "Oh but that's Fallujah every single person in that city is guilty and deserves to die because we saw a group of people chanting over the deaths of those kill More..
    what does any of that have to do what was just said?"
    You show sympathy for a child burned by insurgents, right? Do you have the same sympathy for children burned by white phosphorous or napalm from US airstrikes?

    I do agree that most of the civilian deaths are from ethnic warfare, though.

    Anyway I don't want to take up any more space here."
    when did i ever say i didnt?so you have sympathy for children that ACIDENTLY get hurt,but you have none for children who get hurt on PURPOSE,or was this just another chance for you to talk shit about America?

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  • l8rm8e: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "Proof that children cannot live in a war zone. Stop the war."
    stop the war?no,we wouldnt wanna stop the fuckers that would pour gas on a kid,now would we"
    Most of the insurgents are from surrounding countries, extremists lured to Iraq with the promise of Martyrdom in their quest to kill an American.

    Saddam is dead, there was NO WMD threat, Osama lives, and Iraqi kids need toys and schools ... NOT checkpoints and security raids. Terrorism is worse than before you started in Iraq ... how ba More..
    but you just wanna stop the war?so what happin's next?gunna have these low-lifes like this decideing their future?"
    No, we let the Iraqi people sort out their own problems. The Iraqi government has asked for training, equipment, and the end to US occupation.

    You can track terrorists the same way you do everywhere else.

    As for ethnic tensions within Iraq ... this is a problem of internal law and order ... not foreign occupying forces.

    I know I'm over-simplifying things, but Iraq is not going to get better until we stop picking the scab.

    They will either step up and make something of their country, or it will turn into a third world shit hole.

    Either way, it will be an Iraqi (and world) problem, not the exclusive headache of the USA."
    when did the government ask fo us too leave?,but i do agree with ya we should just let em go it alone,should have in the first place"
    I believe (pretty sure) this was the first request when Bush did his token "hand over" ceremony in April 2006. al-Maliki requested immediate "control" of security operations, the US said no.

    After the "Iraqi Transitional Government", Bush had lead the Iraqi government to believe they would have control, they still have NO say in what the US does in Iraq, making the US an occupational force.

    Iraq feels like it has been passed from one dictator to another. The only way to demonstrate otherwise is to give Iraq back to the Iraqis."
    and still asking when did they ask us to leave?shit....i wish they would

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  • This is a perfect example of the heartless, fascist, American regime seeking their dominance of the world. Zionist propaganda! Zionist propaganda!

    The above adjectives are sure to find their way into this thread eventually if the "America Haters" can pull themselves away from the "hippy being tasered" video.

    Great post and hopefully a story that ends well so the kid can get his life back.

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  • What about the kids here in the US that need help and don't have insurance and poor.

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  • radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "Proof that children cannot live in a war zone. Stop the war."
    stop the war?no,we wouldnt wanna stop the fuckers that would pour gas on a kid,now would we"
    I thought the war was about WMDs.

    You're right though, the massive loss of life (hundreds of thousands), property (~1 trillion USD), and what littles left of US integrity (virtually none) was entirely worth invading Iraq in order to prevent the burning of children.
    If you really gave a shit about Iraq More..

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  • What about all the others that go untreated through air strikers?

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  • l8rm8e: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "Proof that children cannot live in a war zone. Stop the war."
    stop the war?no,we wouldnt wanna stop the fuckers that would pour gas on a kid,now would we"
    Most of the insurgents are from surrounding countries, extremists lured to Iraq with the promise of Martyrdom in their quest to kill an American.

    Saddam is dead, there was NO WMD threat, Osama lives, and Iraqi kids need toys and schools ... NOT checkpoints and security raids. Terrorism is worse than before you started in Iraq ... how bad do you want it to get before you realize the mistake More..
    but you just wanna stop the war?so what happin's next?gunna have these low-lifes like this decideing their future?

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  • My heart goes for that little boy. Thanks for the post, UB.

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  • Intervene: "What about all the others that go untreated through air strikers?"
    Good question.

    "White Phosphorous", anyone?

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  • ^^^low=the fuckers who set him on fire

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  • MrHermitiowitch: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "Proof that children cannot live in a war zone. Stop the war."
    stop the war?no,we wouldnt wanna stop the fuckers that would pour gas on a kid,now would we"
    I thought the war was about WMDs.

    You're right though, the massive loss of life (hundreds of thousands), property (~1 trillion USD), and what littles left of US integrity (virtually none) was entirely worth invading Iraq in order to prevent the burning of children.
    If you really gave a shit about Iraq you wouldn't have supported the invasion or the ongoing occupation. Do you re More..
    never said it was about JUST for kids,was pointing out if we left this would happin more,but NO,isnt a dam country in the world the price we paid in blooad,and treasure...should have took out saddom,set up elections then left,but that didnt happin,so this is what we got,fukced if we stay,fucked for them if we leave before they can take control themselves

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  • luck_of_irish_13: "This is a perfect example of the heartless, fascist, American regime seeking their dominance of the world. Zionist propaganda! Zionist propaganda!

    The above adjectives are sure to find their way into this thread eventually if the "America Haters" can pull themselves away from the "hippy being tasered" video.

    Great post and hopefully a story that ends well so the kid can get his life back.
    "
    "Zionist propaganda! Zionist
    propaganda!& More..

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  • radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "Proof that children cannot live in a war zone. Stop the war."
    stop the war?no,we wouldnt wanna stop the fuckers that would pour gas on a kid,now would we"
    Most of the insurgents are from surrounding countries, extremists lured to Iraq with the promise of Martyrdom in their quest to kill an American.

    Saddam is dead, there was NO WMD threat, Osama lives, and Iraqi kids need toys and schools ... NOT checkpoints and security raids. Terrorism is worse than before you started in Iraq ... how bad do you want it to get before you realiz More..
    but you just wanna stop the war?so what happin's next?gunna have these low-lifes like this decideing their future?"
    No, we let the Iraqi people sort out their own problems. The Iraqi government has asked for training, equipment, and the end to US occupation.

    You can track terrorists the same way you do everywhere else.

    As for ethnic tensions within Iraq ... this is a problem of internal law and order ... not foreign occupying forces.

    I know I'm over-simplifying things, but Iraq is not going to get better until we stop picking the scab.

    They will either step up and make something of their country, or it will turn into a third world shit hole.

    Either way, it will be an Iraqi (and world) problem, not the exclusive headache of the USA.

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  • 'worth the price

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  • that video gave me a big case of the lulz

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  • l8rm8e: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "Proof that children cannot live in a war zone. Stop the war."
    stop the war?no,we wouldnt wanna stop the fuckers that would pour gas on a kid,now would we"
    Most of the insurgents are from surrounding countries, extremists lured to Iraq with the promise of Martyrdom in their quest to kill an American.

    Saddam is dead, there was NO WMD threat, Osama lives, and Iraqi kids need toys and schools ... NOT checkpoints and security raids. Terrorism is worse than before you started in Iraq ... how bad do you want it to get bef More..
    but you just wanna stop the war?so what happin's next?gunna have these low-lifes like this decideing their future?"
    No, we let the Iraqi people sort out their own problems. The Iraqi government has asked for training, equipment, and the end to US occupation.

    You can track terrorists the same way you do everywhere else.

    As for ethnic tensions within Iraq ... this is a problem of internal law and order ... not foreign occupying forces.

    I know I'm over-simplifying things, but Iraq is not going to get better until we stop picking the scab.

    They will either step up and make something of their country, or it will turn into a third world shit hole.

    Either way, it will be an Iraqi (and world) problem, not the exclusive headache of the USA."
    when did the government ask fo us too leave?,but i do agree with ya we should just let em go it alone,should have in the first place

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  • lv1972: "Strange how the Muslim fascists have perverted the
    truth to manipulate their faithful.

    They have been led to believe that the West and
    Israel are the cause of their problems because
    their cultist leaders tell them this. If they
    would simply look closer to home they could do
    much more about fixing what ails their society.

    Arab oil wealth and manpower from Egypt and
    Pakistan could change the Middle East. Instead who
    is the biggest contributor of foreign aid to both
    countries? The United States.

    Has Iran ever been attacked by the West? No, but
    it was savagely set More..
    Good post, for the most part ;]. I just hope you don't truly believe all those benevolent and caring acts of the US were done purely out of our own good will..

    'What nations went to the aid of the Bosnian
    Muslims who were being wiped out by the
    "Christian" Serbs?'

    LOL, oh pleeease.

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    • Like saving a baby left in a puddle when you're on a date. You don't give two shits about the stupid baby but you know if you help it by kicking it out of the water, you'll get laid.

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  • lasrever: "
    Intervene: "What about all the others that go untreated through air strikers?"
    Good question.

    "White Phosphorous", anyone?"
    Lots of people of all kinds get treated by coalition hospitals/Iraqi hospitals....when the criminals in Iraq do something this bad and the press likes it then it gets international attention.

    WP? the only thing we had that for was marking targets. How many kids got burned with WP in Iraq? I didnt hear about that. Some mumbling More..

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  • radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "
    radgy: "
    l8rm8e: "Proof that children cannot live in a war zone. Stop the war."
    stop the war?no,we wouldnt wanna stop the fuckers that would pour gas on a kid,now would we"
    Most of the insurgents are from surrounding countries, extremists lured to Iraq with the promise of Martyrdom in their quest to kill an American.

    Saddam is dead, there was NO WMD threat, Osama lives, and Iraqi kids need toys and schools ... NOT checkpoints and security raids. Terrorism is worse than before you started in Iraq ... how bad do you want More..
    but you just wanna stop the war?so what happin's next?gunna have these low-lifes like this decideing their future?"
    No, we let the Iraqi people sort out their own problems. The Iraqi government has asked for training, equipment, and the end to US occupation.

    You can track terrorists the same way you do everywhere else.

    As for ethnic tensions within Iraq ... this is a problem of internal law and order ... not foreign occupying forces.

    I know I'm over-simplifying things, but Iraq is not going to get better until we stop picking the scab.

    They will either step up and make something of their country, or it will turn into a third world shit hole.

    Either way, it will be an Iraqi (and world) problem, not the exclusive headache of the USA."
    when did the government ask fo us too leave?,but i do agree with ya we should just let em go it alone,should have in the first place"
    I believe (pretty sure) this was the first request when Bush did his token "hand over" ceremony in April 2006. al-Maliki requested immediate "control" of security operations, the US said no.

    After the "Iraqi Transitional Government", Bush had lead the Iraqi government to believe they would have control, they still have NO say in what the US does in Iraq, making the US an occupational force.

    Iraq feels like it has been passed from one dictator to another. The only way to demonstrate otherwise is to give Iraq back to the Iraqis.

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  • 'What nations went to the aid of the Bosnian
    Muslims who were being wiped out by the
    "Christian" Serbs?'....ya what the fuck was clinton thinkin?

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  • Can America not do one thing right.. You people are just blinded by hate

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  • Strange how the Muslim fascists have perverted the
    truth to manipulate their faithful.

    They have been led to believe that the West and
    Israel are the cause of their problems because
    their cultist leaders tell them this. If they
    would simply look closer to home they could do
    much more about fixing what ails their society.

    Arab oil wealth and manpower from Egypt and
    Pakistan could change the Middle East. Instead who
    is the biggest contributor of foreign aid to both
    countries? The U More..

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  • luck_of_irish_13: "This is a perfect example of the heartless, fascist, American regime seeking their dominance of the world. Zionist propaganda! Zionist propaganda!

    The above adjectives are sure to find their way into this thread eventually if the "America Haters" can pull themselves away from the "hippy being tasered" video.

    Great post and hopefully a story that ends well so the kid can get his life back.
    "
    Have you been to a place like this, I'm not giv More..

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  • IRAQI_TRANSLATOR_USMC: "
    USMCSniper: "Can America not do one thing right.. You people are just blinded by hate"
    well said brother."
    Thats because some people have to find the negative in everything.

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