Hasan Nouri Still Helps War Orphans in Afghanistan--and He Still Needs Your Help
When it was Soviet forces facing off against his people, Nouri and UCLA Medical Center physician Dr. Robert Simon in 1984 founded the nonprofit International Medical Corps, which erected more than 50 M*A*S*H-style medical clinics to patch up Mujahideen freedom fighters.
|Photo by John Gilhooley/OC Weekly|
|Hasan Nouri started International Orphan Care after caring for a boy who had his hand blown off in Afghanistan.|
The Hoover Medalist's organization relies greatly on money raised at galas held in the Orange County, and the next one is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Caspian Restaurant, 141 Culver Drive, Irvine. Your $60 ticket to the event chaired by former Laguna Niguel Mayor Mike Whipple includes a buffet dinner, fashion show and entertainment on stage and next to your table. There will also be live and silent auctions.
Since this is such late notice (sorry, Hasan), if you can't attend you can still contribute what you can anytime by visiting orphanproject.org. If you do visit the website, scroll down to the heartbreaking story of one of those the IOC is helping, 6-year-old Hazara boy Mohammad Amin.
Included on the IOC Advisory Board is President George H.W. Bush's first special envoy to the mujahideen, Ambassador Peter Tomsen. Nouri is also spreading the word about the World Affairs Council of Orange County hosting an appearance Thursday by Tomsen, who speaks on a subject both know well: "The Wars of Afghanistan."
|Retired diplomat Peter Tomsen|
Tomsen's speech comes during a dinner at the Hilton Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St., that begins with a 6 p.m. reception. Tickets are $45 for students, $55 for World Affairs Council members and $70 for non-members. Register at 949.253,5751, or email orangecounty@