The tears of a father

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters-Landov

Eduardo Munoz took this photograph of a man in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, carrying his dead daughter.  It ran in this week’s Newsweek and you can see the full series, “Faces of Tragedy,” on Newsweek’s website.

This man is about my age.  He looks a lot like me.  His daughter is only a little younger than mine.

When I came across this picture last night I couldn’t stop staring at it.  I’m paralyzed with sadness for this man.  My heart is broken.  Why him? No one should experience this kind of suffering or loss.

I don’t have any conclusions here.  I just wanted to share the experience, and the sobering reminder that each and every person that I read about – in Haiti or anywhere in the world – is as real as I am.  Each person was born with the same universal human rights.  Each child had dreams and imagination.  Each parent loved their child.

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