Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The death of an Iraqi boy inspires an American boy to give back.

It all started here, a soldier in Iraq blogging about an Iraqi boy who had come to mean a lot to his unit:

"..Every once in a while Jimmy gave us, and a few other units, information about insurgent activity in his village. He wasn't looking for payment or gifts he just wanted his family to be safe and to live without fear.

A few weeks ago we learned from the intel team that Jimmy and his ten year-old little brother were brutally murdered. He was killed by insurgents for cooperating with Coalition Forces. Their bodies were dumped along the fence-line of the camp as a message to any who would dare defy them."

Upon reading this story, a student named Kevin Knodell decided to begin a project in Jimmy's memory, that is how Project Adnon began.

His story here.

The story just gets better and better. This is from Kevin:

"One of the best parts of the project has been the participation and cooperation of Christians and Muslims (as well as a few Jews). My church as a history of working with Bilal Mosque.
There are two Mosques working on this project (one is Sunni, the other is Shia).

We assembled 90 school kits, 33 handmade blankets, 12 stuffed animals, 17 tarps, and 20 reams of extra paper. We heard about Operation Iraqi Children through Michael Yon's website, and they were able to take our donations and get them over to Iraq for us. This has by far been the most important thing I have ever done, and I'm thankful to have had this opportunity."

The best thing about this story? The terrorists thought that with their evil they would make us afraid. It is frightening to imagine such monsters would brutally kill two young children. This is who we fight. But people took this tragedy and made it into a project that brought Christians, Muslims (of both stripes) and Jews together. Together. The very thing that the terrorists would HATE.

Who says we aren't winning? .........:-)