The Boy In The Photograph

Events as vast and unwieldy as the war in Iraq often hit home hardest when seen through the experience of a single person. In last week's issue, TIME ran a photograph of a young boy named Ali Ismail Abbas, who had suffered excruciating burns and the loss of both arms after a missile hit his home in a southern suburb of Baghdad. It was not known whether any of Ali's family members had survived; the only relative tending to him at the al Kindi hospital was an aunt. The photo of the armless boy evoked distress and concern from readers around...

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