Marwa Shimari
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'It was just panic': Marwa remembers the moment the bomb hit

Marwa Shimari was 12 in 2003 when an American air-raid shook her village near Iraq's Sadr City.

She was hiding in the family home when the bombs started to fall. In a split-second decision, she took her sister Adra and ran from the house.

She remembers running and running - and then there was one final explosion.

Eight-year-old Adra was killed and Marwa's right leg was almost severed.

Marwa's next memory is of waking up in hospital, her right leg missing, cut off far above the knee.

She told Kevin Connolly what happened that day.

  • 11 Mar 2013