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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

GOOD NEWS, JULY 25, 2007

Soldiers, NAC work together to refurbish School in Saliyih
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
By Sgt. Robert Yde2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

BAGHDAD — After a month of ongoing renovations, Otba Bin Gazwan Girls High School in Saliyih was opened during a small ceremony July 19.

The school, which has served children in Saliyih since 1975, has continued to deteriorate over the last few years despite some earlier efforts to clean it up.

“After the war, they tried to fix it up a couple of times, but it wasn’t that good -- not like now,” Haji Deah, a member of the Salhiyih Neighborhood Advisory Council, said. “The walls were very dirty and the doors were broken. There was no electricity or running water in the bathrooms.” (Read More)

Treating Tebarek: Combat Medic cares for Iraqi Child
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
By 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Lopez210th Brigade Support Battalion

CAMP STRIKER — The most important quality combat medics can possess is compassion. The nature of their jobs requires these men and women to witness and participate in some of combat’s most heart-wrenching stories.

Late in the day on July 21 at Patrol Base Yusufiyah, the aid station’s normal routine was thrown into chaos by the arrival of eight victims from a nearby mortar attack. Among the wounded were seven Iraqi children ranging in age from 3 to 12.

One of the victims, a 6-year-old girl named Tebarek, was placed under the care of Sgt. William Ludlow, a combat medic from Company C, 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y.

Initial triage showed Tebarek’s left leg and abdominal injuries were so severe that she needed immediate evacuation to the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad’s International Zone. The medics loaded her on a flight bound for the hospital and never expected to see the little girl again. This would not be the case for Ludlow and Tebarek. (Read More)

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