10/01/2013 11:04 am ET

A Way Of Life Is Ending. Thank Goodness.


IMAGINE having to pick just one of your children to save, while leaving the others to face death.
On the Ground.

One of my most searing experiences as a reporter occurred in Cambodia, where I met a woman whose daughter had just died of malaria and who was left caring for seven children and grandchildren.

The woman, Nhem Yen, showed me her one anti-malaria bed net and told me how every evening she agonized over which children to squeeze under it — and which ones to leave out and expose to malarial mosquitoes.


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