Omar T. Al-Mashhadani - Iraq
We had a lot of orphans in Iraq after the war. Millions of orphans. And during the, actually February, last February, I was participating and leading a huge demonstration in Baghdad. It was 1,500 orphans. That’s a big number actually, of 7- or 8- year-old orphans, and put them in one place. And we had a big concern about their safety. And you know it's not easy to deal with that amount of kids. But it was a big message to the cabinet and parliament that you have to do something for those because the government shelters couldn’t get all of these. The capacity is 3,500 and we’re talking about three and a half million, maybe, so it’s not that easy. So we are pushing for legislation for those orphans and trying to improve their lives, trying to make some salaries for them or try and build new shelters... That’s what we work on and we arranged a lot of media to focus on that and we bring a lot of white, what do you call it, white, not shirt just white boards lets say board and everyone of those kids just wrote his wish and signed. I wish my daddy get out of jail, I wish I had a car, I wish I had clean shirts, I wish I had a Christmas gift, I wish a lot of things. And all of those kids writing that and I took this piece of, its not paper, lets just say paper excuse my language and I take it to the parliament and goes to the speaker of the parliament and this is the wishes of a sample of more than 3 million orphans. Can you do something for them? And after that was a press conference and I believe they got the message. And one of the important blogs in the parliament take it and said ok we’re going to do work on it and submit a draft for the law for the orphans.