THE PHILIPPINES: Suffer the Little Children

Warily a patrol of Philippine army soldiers sidled through the jungle in search of Huk guerrillas. In a clearing they saw something moving. It proved to be a scrawny eight-month-old baby crawling along the ground. Another patrol stumbled on a pair of year-old infants wandering through a coconut grove. A farmer out fishing heard a baby's wail, searched the bushes and came across two more babies.

Soon villagers arrived at the army billets with six more, ranging from eight months to 3½ years old. They, too, had been found abandoned, ill and hungry, in the countryside.

Philippine army intelligence pieced together...

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