Barbara Davidson on photo of Somalian mother

barbara-davidson-somali.jpgL.A. Times photographer Barbara Davidson comments at the paper's photo blog on the stunning image she shot of a refugee and her child. It ran last week on the front page. "The day before I made this photo, the hospital was off-limits to all journalists...When I arrived on the crowded, sweltering ward, all I heard was a chorus of sick children crying out in pain. Some were too weak and malnourished to even move and lay lifeless in their desperate mothers’ arms. It was here, in this place of despair, where I met Hawa and her child. Through my translator, I learned that she was the mother of nine children, four of whom had died in Somalia along with her husband, who died from an unknown illness. She had walked for a month with her five young children to the refugee camp to escape the famine in Somalia."

Photo: L.A. Times/Barbara Davidson

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