Afghan War Victim, 7, Attends Private Painting Session After Receiving Prosthetic Arm
BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — The Children of War Foundation (COWF) Wednesday held a private painting session with local artist Davyd Whaley for a 7-year-old Afghan war victim, who lost her right arm and eye last year.
The event, which began at 2 p.m., was held at fine arts Galerie Michael in Beverly Hills.
The COWF brought Shah Bibi, who was injured in August 2013, to Los Angeles on Dec. 5 to provide donated medical treatment, including one operation, a prosthetic arm and occupational therapy.
KCAL9′s Art Barron said little Bibi speaks little English but was able to express her joy in art and music. (She sang along to “Let it Go.”)
He reported the Taliban invaded her village last August. She picked up what she thought was a rock only to find out it was a grenade.
The grenade exploded and killed 23 people. Bibi lost her arm and an eye.
When the COWF found Bibi she was an entirely different girl.
“She was famished, she did not smile. She was not a kid,” said Amel Najjar Executive Director of COWF. “Today, she is singing, and smiling. She is dressing herself. She doesn’t have nightmares anymore.”
Bibi will be reunited with her parents in Afghanistan on April 8.