Familiar images of emaciated, dying children from Sudan and Somalia once again found the front pages of our national dailies and the headlines on the RTE Six-One News. Perhaps the authors of such footage and photographers of these pictures justify capturing children in this way because they feel that showing the awful truth about those lives will do more good than harm, convinced that invading the privacy of a dying individual and his or her family is in some way 'worth it'. If that logic is correct why do these photographs bear such close resemblance to those of the mid-l980s coming out of Ethiopia?

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