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The Iraqi Orphan: 30 Lost Years

Amar, a victim of napalm attacks by Saddam Hussein's forces in 1991, returns to Iraq for the first time in 30 years to try to find his family.

Amar was brought to the UK from Iraq three decades ago, an orphaned child with terrible burns from a napalm attack by Saddam Hussein’s forces. His cause was taken up by an MP and his treatment and recovery in hospital were followed closely by the world’s media. When the spotlight faded he settled into a quiet life without his family in Devon, but then years later receives a mysterious message from a stranger, saying his mother is looking for him. Jon Kay follows Amar’s journey for Panorama as he returns to Iraq for the first time in 30 years. Is it a case of mistaken identity – or can they find Amar’s family?

29 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:10

    Soul II Soul, Caron Wheeler

    Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)

  • 00:10


    Stand By Me


Role Contributor
Reporter Jon Kay
Producer Alexander Littlewood
Producer Jenny Parks
Executive Producer Lucie Kon
Editor Rachel Jupp