Big Little Things

Looking back into horror

This is Samar Hassan, now 12 years old. She was the screaming 5-year old girl in the striking photo taken by the late Chris Hondros, a photo that has become emblematic of the Iraq war. She had never seen the famous photo of her, blood-spattered, the night her parents were killed by American soldiers in Tal Afar in 2005. She now lives in Mosul, with her older sister and her sister’s husband.

Just for a moment, actually try to imagine what this might feel like. It’s impossible. More on this in the New York Times.

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