Save A Child founder and executive director Sally Becker has been working in areas of conflict since 1993, when she became known as ‘The Angel of Mostar’ while rescuing wounded children and their families from besieged hospitals in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Amidst the carnage and the chaos, she managed to negotiate ceaseﬁres in areas where others had failed and is credited with saving hundreds of lives.
During the war in Kosovo, Sally was captured by Serb paramilitaries as she crossed the mountains with injured children and their families and she was later shot by masked gunmen in Northern Albania, but it only made her more determined to pursue her work.
Since then Sally has spent the past few years helping children fleeing from ISIS in Syria and Northern Iraq, has developed the Global Paediatric Network that connects expert paediatricians with medics and healthcare workers in remote and besieged areas, and is now deploying urgent humanitarian aid to the war in Ukraine.
Sally's rescue work has been recognised with many awards, including the Freedom of Tropoje, Unsung Heroes Award for bravery, The Ross McWhirter Award for Bravery, The Variety Club Award and Woman of the Year, Blue Drop Group Sicily. In 2012 she was chosen to carry the Olympic Flag alongside Secretary General Ban Ki moon and Mohammed Ali at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.