Sally Becker is known as the ‘Angel of Mostar’, after saving hundreds of children from war-torn Bosnia in the 90s, and was chosen to carry the Olympic Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games. In 2017, she returned from Mosul after helping to rescue injured children fleeing from ISIS. Sally works with international charities to promote peace, calls on governments to take action, and draws on her experience in war zones to inspire audiences as a powerful keynote and motivational speaker.
Full of innocence and a naive desire to help, Sally went to Bosnia in 1993 to help the innocent victims of war by delivering humanitarian aid to the region.
She became known as ‘The Angel of Mostar’ after rescuing wounded children and their families from the besieged city and is credited with saving hundreds of lives.
Continuing with a steely bravery even when Milosevic ordered his troops into Kosovo and the conflict escalated, Sally remained undeterred. As other aid agencies began to pull out and the borders were closed, Sally became more determined. She crossed the mountains on foot to bring medicine to a besieged hospital and was captured by Serb paramilitaries and shot by masked gunmen.
Still Sally did not abandon her task.
In July 2012, Sally was one of eight people chosen to carry the Olympic Flag at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
The same year, she published her memoirs ‘Sunflowers and Snipers’ which chronicle her experiences in Bosnia and challenge the inertia of government institutions.
Following a trip to Iraq, where she met orphaned children who are fending for themselves in refugee camps, Sally called on the British Government to step in and help.
She also works with international charities to promote peace. She 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 2014 Sally founded Road to Peace, a registered UK charity working across the globe to facilitate vital medical treatment for sick and injured children, an example of whom was the much publicised Dilbreen, who was severely burned in an Iraqi settlement camp, and who’s family were separated from him during President Trump’s Muslim ban.
In 2017, she returned from Mosul after helping to rescue injured children fleeing from ISIS.
Sally's rescue work has been recognised with many awards, including the Unsung Heroes Award, The Ross McWhirter Award for Bravery, The Variety Club Award and Woman of the Year, Blue Drop Group Sicily, as well as an invite to Windsor Castle where she was introduced to HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
A truly passionate advocate of those who have been affected by war, Sally Becker makes for an excellent keynote speaker.