Wednesday, June 25, 2003

BAGHDAD - Inside the Habibya Children's Hospital, 5-year-olds were slowly dying.

Out on Street 52, about 400 yards from the hospital, an elderly man was dying considerably faster.

I heard six shots, two slow, and then four in quick succession.

It was 12:25 p.m. local time and four carjackers had hit him three times with their bullets, threw him out of his vehicle and sped away.

Inside, in a hospital bed, Ismaihn Kareem was vainly trying to breast-feed her 5-month-old boy, Ali.

An interpreter said it was almost impossible to give the boy milk because Ismaihn, 18, had suffered malnutrition for years, and now her son was in line for inheritance.

Believe it or not there is some good in this story.

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