Pop stars Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Ashanti are among those campaigning to bring a burned Iraqi orphan to America for medical treatment.

Mariah Carey, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Angelina Jolie are also lending their names to the GLOBAL MEDICAL RELIEF FUND's bid to save 12-year-old ALI ISMAIL ABBAS, who was severely injured in an Operation Iraqi Freedom missile strike that killed his family.

Abbas, who has become a symbol of Iraqi civilian suffering in the press, is undergoing medical care in Kuwait for burns on 60 per cent of his body. Both of his arms were partially amputated in Baghdad in April (03).

CHERYL SHUMAN, a spokesperson for the campaign group, says, "Everybody knows that celebrities can get things done that other people can't.

"My hope is that with the help of these stars we can raise enough money to cover his medical treatment and then take care of this child for the rest of his life."

08/05/2003 20:54