In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney found themselves with their two children caught up in the turmoil, just hoping to make a difference. After an encounter with a father whose little girl was dying from a heart defect, they began to investigate options for helping and learned that untold thousands of children across Iraq were in similar need, waiting in line for heart surgery in a country without a qualified heart surgeon.
"The World Is Scary as Hell. Love Anyway." is from the November 18, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Jeremy Courtney and narrated by Sam Scholl.