Youssif, before and after the attack.

The story of the boy set on fire by “masked men” in Iraq was heartbreaking. While CNN and other new outlets euphemise the attackers, the brutal, mindless torture bears all the hallmarks of al-Qaida,

The good news today is, thanks to a children’s burn charity, Youssif is going to get a second chance, and you can help make the difference.

Help is on the way for Youssif

The Children’s Burn Foundation — a non-profit organization based out of Sherman Oaks, California, that provides support for burn victims locally, nationally and internationally — has agreed to pay for the transportation for Youssif and his family to come to the United States and to set up a fund so you can donate. The foundation says it will cover all medical costs — from surgeries for Youssif to housing costs to any social rehabilitation that might be needed for him. Surgeries will be performed by Dr. Peter Grossman, a plastic surgeon with the affiliated-Grossman Burn Center who is donating his services for Youssif’s cause.

Officials are still trying to get the appropriate visas for his travels. Youssif could be in the United States for up to a year for the various treatments he needs.

When informed of the news in Baghdad, Youssif ran around his house, saying, “Daddy, daddy, am I really going to get on a plane?!”

Youssif’s father was also cheered by the news. “I feel like I am going to fly from happiness,” his father told CNN’s Arwa Damon, who reported the story on what happened to Youssif.

Here’s the Children’s Burn Center site if you would like to make a donation. Under “Honor/Memorial Gift Information” there’s a drop down menu for Youssif’s fund.

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  1. Trinity says:

    It is my blessing to help Tammy. Thank you for sharing this with us. God be with that sweet boy..

  2. Mike says:

    Yes, just another example of the evil, greedy, imperialistic Americans exploiting the hepless Iraqis while stealing their oil and enriching Bush’s pals.

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