Even The Distracted…

…can be forced still, to think for a moment. At least once a month the New York Times stops me cold and breaks my heart with a mere photograph on their front page (and I know they’re not even close to the only ones doing powerful photojournalism, but it’s the only hard-copy newspaper that arrives daily on my doorstep) Today is such a day.

(Caption to the uncredited photo, which doesn’t, as so often happens, hold nearly the power of the image itself: “Suffering Great and Small: An 11-month-old boy with broken legs found shelter in a church in Harare, Zimbabwe. His mother said youths with the governing party shattered his legs while trying to make her disclose the whereabouts of her husband, an opposition supporter.”)

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.