August 11, 2011 Faith Matters

Sally Becker

Sally Becker, an artist and writer, became known as the Angel of Mostar whilst rescuing wounded children from besieged areas of Bosnia. She continued her work throughout the war, organising humanitarian aid convoys and evacuating many wounded children and their families. When Milosevic ordered his troops into Kosovo her missions continued, this time across the mountains carrying medical aid for children trapped in the war zone.

She was captured by Serb paramilitaries while attempting to bring wounded children and their families to safety and was sentenced to 30 days in prison. Following her release she traced the families to Northern Albania where she was shot whilst trying to arrange their evacuation to Britain and the US. The President sent a helicopter to fly her to safety but she refused to leave without the children, remaining in the area for several weeks until her mission was completed.

Sally’s work has been recognised with many awards including Unsung Heroes, The Ross McWhirter Award for Bravery, The Variety Club and Woman of the Year, Blue Drop Group Sicily. Sally is a Goodwill Ambassador to Children of Peace, a multi-faith charity dedicated to building friendship, trust and reconciliation between Israeli and Palestinian children. In July 2012, she was one of eight people chosen to carry the Olympic Flag alongside Mohammed Ali at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games. Sally has recently published her memoirs, Sunflowers and Snipers. For more information please visit