Informit article: Death and the child

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A long time ago, I worked in a refugee camp on the banks of a wide river surrounded by thick rainforest. On the other side of the river was the army that the refugees had fled from – unseen but a lurking and ever-present threat. Occasionally, a grenade would be lazily thrown, its flight path clearly aimed not towards the camp but into the river. It was a symbolic gesture, intended as a reminder to the refugees that they were watched and, if the army chose, could be massacred.

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