* When Courtney encountered an Iraqi girl with a a heart defect, he arranged for her to have lifesaving surgery. Then he discovered that thousands of Iraqi children needed similar operations. His firsthand account of providing urgent medical care to dying kids---in spite of fatwas, bombings, and imprisonment---offers hope that love that strikes first can transform a war-torn nation. Five CDs.
Jeremy Courtney puts a human face on war as he skillfully narrates his own work about the effects of chemical warfare on Iraqi children. His clear and steady voice adds authenticity to his family's decision to move to Iraq to make a difference, to somehow counteract the violence of war with acts of love. With accomplished pacing, he recounts their adjustments and difficulties living in a foreign culture with their young children. His graphic descriptions of innocent youngsters suffering the effects of chemical warfare are emotionally charged and bring a reality of war few in America encounter. With crisp diction, he explains how homemade Iraqi shoes were sold to fund training for doctors and nurses and for children's life-saving heart surgeries, an effort that gave birth to the Preemptive Love Coalition. G.D.W. AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
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