At the age of 5 he stood by your car window begging for alms; it was a Monday morning and he should have been in school. You didn’t ask why he wasn’t, or how you could be of help. You ordered your chauffeur to wind up the glass.

Did you see the news last night? It said “Soldier killed in bomb attack.” I listened keenly, but it didn’t say much; they showed a footage and said some words, then the reporter said her name and city and wrapped up the news. “Soldier killed in bomb attack,” that was all the news could say! They didn’t say a word about his little daughter, they didn’t tell us she’s only three. Not a word was said of his pregnant wife, or the miscarriage she had when she heard the news.