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.”)

Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.