Chest of Gold

Romulo is 10 years old. Last year, he underwent complicated surgery. His mother prayed to saints Cosmas and Damian. Today, he is running around, playing football, asking to eat candy before lunch. With her prayers answered, his mother handed out candy to children in the neighbourhood. Romulo was left with a scar cutting through his chest. He shows it to me and says, “My war medal.”

Warren Rohrer, “Field scar”, 1990.

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