Few photographs are more heartrending than the classic “madonna shot,” the one of the thin, wan refugee mother and her dull-eyed baby. It is often used to bring to public attention the private sufferings of thousands of human beings caught up in the cross-currents of revolution and war.
In recent years the Madonna of the Refugee Camp tends to have an Asian visage. She is usually Vietnamese or Khmer. A boat person, perhaps, or an escapee from Cambodia. She could well be Chin...
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