Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A Boy's Story

Today the Boston Globe ran the last story in Kevin Cullen's remarkable series, "Rakan's War." Cullen's series follows Rakan, a 12-year-old Iraqi boy whose parents were accidentally killed by U.S. soldiers and whose spine was pierced by an American bullet. Cullen tells us about Rakan's stay in an Iraqi hospital, his rehabilitation in Boston and his journey back home to Iraq. He writes beautifully about the soldiers who worked to rescue him, the doctors and nurses who cared for him, and the donors who generously paid for his recovery. But mostly he writes about one little boy's determination when faced with the sadness of war. Michele McDonald's and Chris Hondros' photos provide their own compelling narrative.


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