Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Wretched of the Earth

Telling the stories of the afflicted is one of duties of journalists, and it's hard to think of anyone enduring more affliction than the millions of people stuck inside of African jails, some of whose cases have never gone to trial and likely never will. Michael Wines of the New York Times tells their story in "The Forgotten of Africa, Wasting Away in Jails Without Trial." Wines gives us example after powerful example of the misery endured by these prisoners, humanizing people -- some of them likely to be completely innocent -- tossed away by their governments. Joao Silva's photos are some of the strongest I've ever seen.


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