How to help Iraq's orphans?
Thank you. Life can look pretty bleak over here. It can too often only seem to revolve around the cynical axis of greed and power and exploitation, all greased by this bloody war.
The daily scenes of murder and torture and abuse are enough to make Thomas Hobbes think less of man, the unkind.
Girls at Baghdad's Alwiya Orphanage clown around with NBC's Richard Engel. NBC News' Steve LoMonaco.
Perhaps that’s why I found myself quietly crying as I read so many offers to help the children featured in our story about Iraqi orphans -- a tragedy told through Marwa, Aliya, and Sora and their murdered parents.
It is not that I had forgotten that people can be kind, I just hadn’t seen it for a while. For a moment, my compassion ached like an atrophied muscle suddenly forced into action. I was reminded of the basic kindness of the American people, and I was proud.
So thank you for your kindness and sympathy for the children. For me, it was simply beautiful to see.
Girls at Baghdad's Alwiya Orphanage. NBC News' Steve LoMonaco
Editor's note: Due to the incredible response to Richard Engel’s original story on Baghdad’s Alwiya Orphanage, "Needed: Love for a Baghdad orphanage", NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams is re-broadcasting the story tonight.
VIDEO: Richard Engel returns to an Iraq orphanage where dozens of children live in daily peril.
The following are links to non-governmental organizations that are working with children in Iraq. If you are interested in contributing to them, please visit their Web sites or contact them directly.
UNICEF's work in Iraq includes health and nutrition programs for young children and mothers along with water and sanitation, psycho-social care, and early learning. UNICEF supports a program for the reintegration of street children and children deprived of caregivers in Baghdad -0 including orphans and runaways. See complete information about how to contribute to UNICEF's work in Iraq at www.unicefusa.org/iraq.
Or you can call them directly at 1-800-4-UNICEF.
Or write them at:
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
333 E. 38th St., 6th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10016
No More Victims is an independent non-profit organization that works with children in Iraq.
Childhood Care and Sponsorship Organization in Iraq also works with children in Iraq.
Nintu For Humanitarian Assistance is also working with Iraqi children.
Many of the emails asked about adopting Iraqi orphans. The adoption of Iraqi children is not permitted under Iraqi law. Click here to read the U.S. State Department's policy regarding "Intercountry adoption with Iraq."
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