Political Threats Bring Afghan Girl To US

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A little Afghan girl whose love of painting won the hearts of U.S. doctors who fitted her with a prosthetic arm is returning to the United States after her newfound celebrity made her a subject of death threats in her homeland.

Seven-year-old Shah Bibi Tarakhail was scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning.

Amel Najjar, executive director of the nonprofit Children of War Foundation says Shah Bibi has been granted a six-month visa but may seek permanent political asylum.

The little girl lost her right arm last year when she picked up a grenade following a firefight between U.S. and Taliban forces.

The Children of War Foundation brought her to the U.S. where doctors fitted her with a prosthetic arm.


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