there was an art. written by a sudanese refugee now living in america. he told his story of being drugged up and taught to murder so viciously.
this was a letter to the ed. back in this weeks nytimes. i love it:
WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS 10 YEARS OLD, SHE USED TO PUT BOOKS THAT FRIGHTENED HER IN THE LINEN CLOSET, UNDER A PILE OF SHEETS. I WISH IT WERE POSSIBLE FOR ME, AS AN ADULT, TO RID MYSELF AS EASILY OF THE IMAGES IN ISHMAEL BEAH’S ARTICLE. THE DEHUMANIZING EMBODIED IN THE PROCESS OF TURNING A CHILD INTO A KILLER WAS MORE THAN I COULD BEAR.
THOSE OF US WHO HAVE THE GOOD FORTUNE TO LIVE LIVES REALATIVELY FREE OF THE EXPERIENCE OF BRUTAL CRUELTY WOULD DO WELL TO PRACTICE MINDFUL LIVNG AND KINDNESS TO OTHERS AT EVERY OPPURTUNITY, IF ONLY TO NEUTRALIZE THE POISONS OF MAN’S INHUMANITY TO MAN. (ELCA BRANMAN SARASOTA, FL)