The Back Page

Girl with a Fragment

Girl with a Fragment

Say one person could represent all people, one species on our vast earth,assume for the purpose of debate this is a credible way to thinkabout reality, or history, or at all.Say for now, we allow a single human being to represent Iraq.I say we choose this ten year old Muslim girl in Al Deer,holding a missile fragment, Christmas, 1998.Her finger tips are radiant. The embroidery on her scarf is delicateand fresh. The missile fragment which she holds up for the worldto see came from the rubble of a school.I say, we choose her.– Susan Bright

Do you think free access to journalism like this is important? The Texas Observer is known for its fiercely independent, uncompromising work—which we are pleased to provide to the public at no charge in this space. That means we rely on the generosity of our readers who believe that this work is important. You can chip in for as little as 99 cents a month. If you believe in this mission, we need your help.

You May Also Like: