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Photo: The voice of youthful protest

A young girl joins anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, on April 12, 2011. Photo: AP/Muhammed Muheisen

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  • Terri Williams

    You know, when parents use their kids (who are too young to comprehend) in political protests in America, most of us frown on it because we know the kids don’t get it and are being used as parrots/pawns by the parents. How is it different in Yemen?

  • Jenjen0373

    Thank you Terri!! It is poor taste.

  • Queenoflight2

    It looks to me that this little girl isn’t protesting this or that, she is crying out for peace and even a child can understand the difference between war and peace.

  • Pat

    You are never to young to march peacefully for a better world.

  • Gkild

    I mean, how are you supposed to take her seriously when she’s wearing such a silly hat?

  • Karin Hilliard

    That is like saying children are absent from any understanding of their surroundings…but there are many people who fall into that precipice of thought. It is unfortunate to think the child is being used, when perhaps she sees the poverty of her world everyday and feels as strongly in solidarity with her families values.

    How is it different Yemen? This little girl may grow up in standards to poor to comprehend. Most of these environments which are third world. Children don’t have access to a free education because there is none. Children don’t always have acess to basic needs. Sometimes children are maimed to make them into better beggars. This is what they know until someone comes along and shows them otherwise. The other strike against her is that she is a girl, so as long as the government in power rules she may never see a classroom because of her gender. So yeah it’s different in Yemen. I have been American volunteer overseas for years…The differences are vast.

  • Forusuckas

    I would take my child to witness the world changing any day of the week. Poor taste? I’ll bet the children of American Revolutionaries were celebrating in the streets of the American Revolution. Poor taste is criticizing the man who has at least enough sense to assure his daughter is protected from the sun, I’m sure he care about her enough not to use her as a pawn… Silly Americans you don’t see that we are all pawns until we revolt against our commercial fascist government? My son and daughter will be there.

  • ChasL

    U R absolutely right Terri; she should be in school.

    @Pat, “peaceful”? Not one middle east protest were peaceful, they all esclate into violent confrontation with police, where use of deadly force would be justified even under our law.

  • Ian K

    Your comments are basically all idiotic. She’s awesome. It’s a beautiful photo. Funny hat? She should be in school? A pawn in her parents grand scheme ? You people are ridiculous. Americans protest, but we haven’t a clue what it takes to protest and fight for something overseas. Stop judging and go back to your individual lives where you’re not in the streets fighting for a different future, and are instead blogging about other people doing it.

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  • miami web designer

    shes soo cute beinga rebell… awwwwww <3

  • TCPhlo

    School..seriously? Have you paid any attention to what is going on over there? She may not have a school any more. Trying to understand what is going on over there from the perspective of our comfortable, westernized, “I’ve got mine, you go get yours” mind set is hubris at it’s worst…

  • Monica Rice

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  • wolf

    The face of the enemy…Everyone is quick to forget about the USS Cole.

  • Lynn Campbell Daly

    That’s beautiful! The children shall inherit the earth!

  • Mary

    Pot calling kettle judgmental.