Recently, many Iraqis displaced by war have resorted to social media to seek help out of the miserable life
they have been living for years. Video footage and touching photographs of Iraqis
wounded by war have been trending on social media platforms, especially
Facebook, which is widely used in Iraq.
A girl named Saja, now 17, turned to Facebook to appeal to people to help her after she lost her sight, right arm and an ear in a roadside bomb.
At the end of the day, her appeal grabbed the attention of a plastic surgeon who offered to treat her for free, while others also communicated with her, according to the Associated Press.
Aggravation of suffering
The widespread violence following the 2003 war, as well as the 2014 and 2017 battles against ISIS, caused the injury of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, many of whom were subjected to mutilation and amputation.
Poor medical services, the lack of specialized staff and medical centers, and poverty have aggravated the suffering, especially for those who could not afford the cost of treatment, subsequently resorting to social media for help.
Patients describe their cases, as well as their contact numbers, on social media, while some are sending such messages to WhatsApp and Viper.
Saja's family feels their family member is very lucky, as other appeals go unheeded and do not receive the assistance they need through social networking websites.
In January 2017, a sniper in the Iraqi Army, Captain Salah al-Jaf, was injured while fighting to restore the city of Mosul from the grip of ISIS. A bullet settled in his head and paralyzed him.
He has been treated for the head wound since then, but has been forced to sell his car and all his possessions so he could pay for three daily injections, each costing $100, to overcome the pain.
He appeared in a video clip, posted on social networking sites, next to a cleric asking someone to help Jaf, but the Iraqi captain has not yet received any offers for free treatment.