GIRL THE WORLD FORGOT; Special Report She Was the Angelic Child 'Rescued' from Iraq by George Galloway. He Raised Millions in Her Name, and Her Family Hoped She Would Be Looked after for Ever. Now the Mail Has Tracked Her Down in Baghdad - Blind, Sick and Facing Eviction from Her Slum Home

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GIRL THE WORLD FORGOT; Special Report She Was the Angelic Child 'Rescued' from Iraq by George Galloway. He Raised Millions in Her Name, and Her Family Hoped She Would Be Looked after for Ever. Now the Mail Has Tracked Her Down in Baghdad - Blind, Sick and Facing Eviction from Her Slum Home


Byline: RICHARD PENDLEBURY

THE little girl's sightless face fills with fear as she remembers: 'They said they were going to blow up our home if we did not pay them.'

Following a nudge from her father, she adds: 'Where is Mr Galloway? He is our saviour.' Where is Mr Galloway, indeed?

Everywhere it seems, except in this squalid corner of Baghdad.

As ubiquitous as the multinational corporations he so loathes, there is possibly nowhere on the globe this summer that you can escape George Galloway MP.

Just hours after the London bombs, he claimed the city had 'paid the price' for Tony Blair's decision to go to war and 'occupy' Iraq and Afghanistan.

He also led anti-G8 demonstrators to the very gates of Gleneagles hotel in Scotland, where world leaders - 'desperadoes' he calls them - were meeting.

The firebrand Left-winger will now concentrate on his triumphalist transatlantic speaking tour - The Mother Of All One Man Shows: An Audience With George Galloway - during which he will bask in the glow of his shock General Election victory at Bethnal Green and his bravura performance in front of a U.S.

Senate sub- committee, which has accused him of massive corruption.

Galloway's profile has never been so gorgeous.

But his name first became prominent on the international stage thanks to a little Iraqi girl whose own circumstances have now sunk into obscurity.

Large-scale human tragedy is better understood through one icon of suffering. And under the direction of Galloway, four-year old Mariam Hamza became symbolic of the iniquities of UN sanctions against the Iraq of Saddam Hussein.

That was before Saddam fell and sanctions ended.

Mariam and her parents, who say they had once been led to believe that the MP and his organisation would look after them for ever, are now living in considerably more straitened circumstances than when her name was attracting millions of dollars of foreign donations for Galloway's political campaign.

HER leukaemia was famously cured in the UK, but Mariam, now 11, has since gone blind and is prone to epileptic fits.

According to her father, she has suffered a further deterioration in health. The medicine needed to prevent her seizures often does not arrive from Jordan on time.

And the family also say that the small stipend they still receive from the last chairman of the Mariam Appeal - close Galloway associate, the wealthy Jordanian businessman Fawaz Zureikat - is no longer enough.

They are about to be thrown onto the streets of one of Baghdad's poorest and most violent slums, having had their lives threatened for non-payment of rent on their two-room home.

How could this be, Mariam's father Hamza Abd wonders, when millions of pounds were apparently raised in his daughter's name?

'We are in a very bad situation,' he told the Mail in central Baghdad yesterday. 'Mr Galloway told me to my face that he would never forget Mariam or abandon her without any help and he also promised to buy a house for her to live in and some furniture.

'He also said that after sanctions ended, he would take her out of Iraq so that she could have an operation to restore her sight.

That has not happened either.' Alas, one learns that seven years after he left his farm, Mr Hamza has become almost wilfully needy and well versed in seeking funds.

At a time when G8 leaders are being urged to 'make poverty history', this is the story of how the family of one stricken Third World child became enmeshed in international politics and finance and are now pathetically dependent on foreign aid.

'UNTIL Saddam fell, I was told what to do and what to say in front of foreigners,' Mr Hamza told me when we first met, after the fall of Baghdad in April 2003.

'My daughter was used as a puppet of Saddam's regime.' His family comes from a remote village near Najaf in the south of Iraq. …

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