'I was a trouble-maker': Marwa reflects on her childhood
11 March 2013 Last updated at 14:05 GMT
Marwa Shimari was 12 in 2003 when an American air raid shook her village near Iraq's Sadr City.
Her right leg was almost severed after a bomb fell close to her, while she was trying to find a place to hide.
Here she tells Kevin Connolly what she was like as a child, before the incident - and reflects on how her ambitions have changed since then.