Ali Ismaeel Abbas

When I saw the video clip of Ali Ismaeel Abbas who was critically wounded after a missile struck his home in Baghdad, I wept. This twelve year Iraqi old boy lost both his arms and suffered severe burns on his body. He was such a sorry sight.

Now there are stumps where his arms were and his torso is gory spectacle of burnt flesh and skin. He also lost his parents, brother and two sisters in the attack three weeks ago.

Ali did not do anything to deserve such injuries. He will be scarred for life, physically and psychologically. The recovery will be painful and slow. I am certain they are more children, and adults, who have suffered similar fate during the weeks of bombardment of Iraqi cities.

This war may have liberated the Iraqis, according to the USA, but it surely did not do any good to Ali and the thousands of civilians who were killed or are maimed for life. Perpetrators of this war should be punished for crimes against humanity. It is not worth it when even one innocent life is lost. Life is precious. Say NO to war!

Note: Ali’s photo have been removed.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “Ali Ismaeel Abbas”

  1. I am writing from a tiny,little country called Trinidad where we barely know anything about war but I clearly am sorry to hear about Ali Ismaeel Abbas.Know one can really understand what he might be going through.I can’t say Iknow becausenothing of the sort ever happened to me.I was overjoyed when I heard that he was getting the prosthetics.But what really makes it horribble is that non of this was his fault.It came out of the blue.Why?Why do these things happen to unsuspecting people.

  2. Hi Ambika,
    It is sad when the innocents are killed and maimed because superpowers want to flex their might. We can only pray that Ali, and those affected by the war, will be strong in overcoming the obstacles and carry on with their lives productively.

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