As the anniversary of the start of the Iraq war rolls around again British TV airs various programms looking at the conflict. One included Ali Abbas who became a famous face of the horror of war.
When Ali was 12-years-old, and a resident of Baghdad, his parents and brother were killed in a US missile attack. 16 members of his extended family were killed in total. Ali survived but lost both arms and suffered extensive burns to his body. At his lowest ebb the boy simply wanted to die. Images of Ali were shown around the world. The lost little boy with sad eyes managed to acknowledge the camera, slightly waving a stump of one arm.
Perhaps Ali was luckier than some of the victims of the Iraq war as he became a centre of attention and was flown overseas for medical treatment. Lucky is the wrong word and not meant to dismiss the battle this young man has endured. Ali is now a British citizen and lives in the UK. Footage of him playing football with others is heartwarming to see.
Ali of course faces many challenges in life. Unable to use prosthetics properly he chose to use his feet and toes for tasks such as typing instead. According to the Sun, in January Ali went back to Iraq to marry his childhood sweetheart, who he hopes will join him soon in the UK.
Considering that Ali was expected to die from his injuries he has shown what a remarkable young man he is. His body suffered 60% burns in the missile attack.
When Ali was asked on BBC TV if he agreed with the Iraq war, he said no. Like many other people he believes it was an illegal war.
More on Ali and his bride here at the Sun
Wikipedia: Invasion of Iraq