Help Hamza: He Took a Bullet for Democracy in Iraq

Hamza Ahmed, a young man who played soccer and worked in a Baghdad bakery, is now laying on the floor, his head resting on a pink flowered pillow, a pink blanket coming up to his neck. His nephew lays his head beside him, as his brother holds up the phone so we can see his face. He looks defeated and drained, but hasn’t lost all hope that he will get the treatment that he desperately needs. Every day that passes is a risk to Hamza's life.


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Last year, Hamza attended demonstrations against corruption in the Iraqi government and poor economic conditions, handing out baked goods prepared for the civilian protesters.  On December 17, 2019 he was helping protestors to evacuate the streets when he was shot by Iraqi police forces . The bullet struck him in the neck and caused him to become paralysed from the neck down.

Hamza has not been able to obtain adequate treatment or surgery in Iraq, where the conditions of the hospitals he was admitted into did not permit the specialist care that he needs. The Iraqi government views quadriplegics as “lost causes” and refuses to assist in paying for medical treatment, or even the transfer of Hamza out of the country to a facility where he could receive treatment.

 Surgeons who have heard of Hamza’s condition, such as Dr. Salah, professor of surgery from University of Glasgow & Edinburgh in Scotland, have expressed their support.  Dr. Ali Dakheel Al-Asadi, consultant vascular and general surgeon in the United Kingdom, has criticised hospital care in Iraq, stating  “He should not have weakness in his arms, septicaemia, or tracheostomy. This is bad management, he should not die. Hamza needs a good spinal unit surgery and rehabilitation so he can recover reasonably well and live a good life after that. I totally support this young man. He deserves better treatment.” 

 Hamza is not a lost cause: there is treatment that doctors outside of Iraq can provide him.  He would also benefit from more skilled care and equipment at his home, yet Hamza and his family do not have the resources for any of this. Therefore, we are asking for your help. 100% of the donations will go to transferring Hamza's care, transportation and medical treatment. Please help Hamza in the fight for his life.

Hamza isn’t the only Iraqi paying the cost of brutal government forces in Iraq. Amidst strong threats to democracy, former prime minister Adel Abdul-Madi and Interior Minister Yassin al-Yasiri have committed crimes and encouraged violence against their people. To hold them accountable for their crimes against humanity, add your name to the petition on change.org: http://chng.it/Dd9nmj9xF4

- About the organisation: Raise the Voices is a volunteer-run project of civ.works that advocates for victims of human rights abuses around the world: https://raisethevoices.org/ 

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