Iraqi teen plans bus tour to aid his family

In hopes of raising enough money to safely relocate his
family, a young Iraqi says he is launching an advertising-backed whistlestop tour of
the United States in 2008. Busvertiso is the dream of Mody Jabar, a 19-year-old
living in Spain. He plans to take a customized bus to 100 U.S. cities, where he will
drive around to get attention for the  sponsor ad s emblazoned on the bus’s
exterior screens. Jabar says he came up with idea after one of his brothers was shot by militia gunmen and his sister developed a chronic kidney infection. “Her disease,
along with the attack that got my brother shot a few months before, are the
main reasons why I started this project,” Jabar says. “I needed to try to make
things better
, and I figured that the best way to do that was by offering
something of real value.” Jabar had spent some time in the U.S. as an exchange student before returning to Iraq, where he said he was targeted as an "American agent" and forced to find safe haven with friends in Spain.
Although these kinds of international pleas are often
the stuff of scams, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. And hey,
at $450 per city for an ad, it could be a safer investment than trying to pick a presidential campaign bus
to support next year. UPDATE: In the comments section, Jabar has posted many more details on the project and how you can get involved.

—Posted by David Griner