When I got lost

Published October 21, 2013
Aixa Cano, 5, who has hairy moles all over her body that doctors can't explain, sits on a stoop outside her home in Avia Terai, in Chaco province, Argentina. Although it’s nearly impossible to prove, doctors say Aixa’s birth defect may be linked to agrochemicals. In Chaco, children are four times more likely to be born with devastating birth defects since biotechnology dramatically expanded farming in Argentina. Chemicals routinely contaminate homes, classrooms and drinking water. - AP Photo
Aixa Cano, 5, who has hairy moles all over her body that doctors can't explain, sits on a stoop outside her home in Avia Terai, in Chaco province, Argentina. Although it’s nearly impossible to prove, doctors say Aixa’s birth defect may be linked to agrochemicals. In Chaco, children are four times more likely to be born with devastating birth defects since biotechnology dramatically expanded farming in Argentina. Chemicals routinely contaminate homes, classrooms and drinking water. - AP Photo
Afghan children play soccer in front of the ruined Darul Aman Palace on the outskirts of Kabul on October 19, 2013.  Nestling beneath the mountains that ring Kabul, the shattered shell of the Darul Aman palace stands in mute testimony to the brutality and callousness of Afghanistan's history of conflict. - AFP Photo
Afghan children play soccer in front of the ruined Darul Aman Palace on the outskirts of Kabul on October 19, 2013. Nestling beneath the mountains that ring Kabul, the shattered shell of the Darul Aman palace stands in mute testimony to the brutality and callousness of Afghanistan's history of conflict. - AFP Photo
A Syrian mother and her children wait to receive medical help at a recently opened refugee camp sheltered in an old school in the outskirts of the capital Sofia, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.  The impoverished Balkan state has seen a considerable refugee influx over the past months, with authorities saying the number of asylum seekers in the country may reach up to 20,000 by the end of the year. - AP Photo
A Syrian mother and her children wait to receive medical help at a recently opened refugee camp sheltered in an old school in the outskirts of the capital Sofia, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. The impoverished Balkan state has seen a considerable refugee influx over the past months, with authorities saying the number of asylum seekers in the country may reach up to 20,000 by the end of the year. - AP Photo
A Syrian boy holds a doll in the corridors of a recently opened refugee camp sheltered in an old school in the outskirts of the capital Sofia. Fears are growing that with deteriorating living conditions of the refugees the situation could soon turn into a humanitarian crisis. - AP Photo
A Syrian boy holds a doll in the corridors of a recently opened refugee camp sheltered in an old school in the outskirts of the capital Sofia. Fears are growing that with deteriorating living conditions of the refugees the situation could soon turn into a humanitarian crisis. - AP Photo
Erika, left, and her twin sister Macarena, who suffer from chronic respiratory illness, play in their backyard near recycled agrochemical containers filled with water that is used for flushing their toilet, feeding their chickens and washing their clothes, near the town of Avia Terai, in Chaco province, Argentina. - AP Photo
Erika, left, and her twin sister Macarena, who suffer from chronic respiratory illness, play in their backyard near recycled agrochemical containers filled with water that is used for flushing their toilet, feeding their chickens and washing their clothes, near the town of Avia Terai, in Chaco province, Argentina. - AP Photo
A gypsy woman holding her child poses for photos  at a gypsy camp near the town of Farsala, some 280 km ( 173 miles) north of Athens, Greece. Greek authorities on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 have requested international assistance to identify the four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple arrested and charged with abducting her from her birth parents.  - AP Photo
A gypsy woman holding her child poses for photos at a gypsy camp near the town of Farsala, some 280 km ( 173 miles) north of Athens, Greece. Greek authorities on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 have requested international assistance to identify the four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple arrested and charged with abducting her from her birth parents. - AP Photo
A four-year-old girl at an unknown location. Greek authorities on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 have requested international assistance to identify the four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple arrested and charged with abducting her from her birth parents. A police statement says the child was located Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2013 near the town of Farsala, central Greece, during a nationwide crackdown on illegal activities in Gypsy camps. - AP Photo
A four-year-old girl at an unknown location. Greek authorities on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 have requested international assistance to identify the four-year-old girl found living in a Gypsy camp with a couple arrested and charged with abducting her from her birth parents. A police statement says the child was located Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2013 near the town of Farsala, central Greece, during a nationwide crackdown on illegal activities in Gypsy camps. - AP Photo
An Indian boy who fled from his home in Suchetgarh Kullian village, near the India Pakistan border drinks water after arriving at a community center at Samba, about 48 kilometers (30 miles) south of Jammu, India. According to Indian news reports hundreds of Indian villagers including women and children from the border village left their homes Saturday night and took shelter here following shelling from the Pakistan side. - AP Photo
An Indian boy who fled from his home in Suchetgarh Kullian village, near the India Pakistan border drinks water after arriving at a community center at Samba, about 48 kilometers (30 miles) south of Jammu, India. According to Indian news reports hundreds of Indian villagers including women and children from the border village left their homes Saturday night and took shelter here following shelling from the Pakistan side. - AP Photo
Holding baby girl Medina, Dzemila Dibrani, mother of teenager Leonarda Dibrani who was expelled from France in a case that touched off a debate about immigration speaks to journalists after she was beaten and hospitalized in Kosovo's northern town of Mitrovica on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013. Police say Leonarda Dibrani's parents, Resat and Dzemila Dibrani, were accosted Sunday by another Roma couple in downtown Mitrovica. - AP Photo
Holding baby girl Medina, Dzemila Dibrani, mother of teenager Leonarda Dibrani who was expelled from France in a case that touched off a debate about immigration speaks to journalists after she was beaten and hospitalized in Kosovo's northern town of Mitrovica on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013. Police say Leonarda Dibrani's parents, Resat and Dzemila Dibrani, were accosted Sunday by another Roma couple in downtown Mitrovica. - AP Photo
A young girl whose family lost a relative in the attack wears a black ribbon during a memorial service marking the one-month anniversary of the the Sept. 21 Westgate Mall terrorist attack, in Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Families and friends of those killed in the attack planted trees in memory of lost loved ones in a ceremony that stressed that the attack occurred against people of all races and religions. - AP Photo
A young girl whose family lost a relative in the attack wears a black ribbon during a memorial service marking the one-month anniversary of the the Sept. 21 Westgate Mall terrorist attack, in Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. Families and friends of those killed in the attack planted trees in memory of lost loved ones in a ceremony that stressed that the attack occurred against people of all races and religions. - AP Photo

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