Brian knew that he was different. He loved to be read to by his parents and had a voracious curiosity, but when it came to reading a book on his own, Brian failed miserably. He couldn't read the text on the page and words got jumbled. Some teachers thought him lazy. "How could this bright boy with intense listening skills not keep up with his schoolwork? Try harder!" they said. Reading was more like an elusive puzzle than a way to absorb information. Years went by and his grades fell, and his parents weren't getting help through his school. After searching for more answers to their son's reading difficulties, Brian was diagnosed with dyslexia -- the inability to decode printed words.
As Dr. Patrick Ball, Benetech's Chief Scientist, explained to The Atlantic, "[t]his isn't an estimate... Let's be really clear here. This is a very conservative undercount." Our grief at these results is deepened by the high likelihood that the actual number of killings is probably higher than 60,000.