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An Acehnese Child

I like this kid. I hope he's OK. This picture was taken by William Nessen of the SF Chronicle for the November 2003 piece ON THE RUN IN ACEH: With the guerrillas in Indonesia's westernmost province. He looks to me to be about five. The picture was probably chosen for its subtext about child soldiers and the effect on children of being raised in a war zone. He looks like a bright little boy with a strong personality and perhaps the ability to triumph over adversity. The caption reads: An Acehnese child lifts a defiant fist in support of independence during war play.