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U.S. soldiers carry away a boy grazed by a bullet.
U.S. soldiers carry away a boy grazed by a bullet.

In the First Person: A Boy Dies in Iraq

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As violence continues to plague Iraq, the stress and tragedy it provokes takes its toll on Iraqis and on American soldiers. Earlier this summer in Iraq six churches were car bombed. A dozen people were killed and almost 50 wounded. Nearby that same night, in Baghdad's Al-Rashid neighborhood, Corporal Bill Putnam witnessed another fatality of war and sent us this audio diary. Putnam is a photojournalist with the Army's 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. David Sommerstein met him in Kosovo in 2002. A note: this story contains some graphic descriptions.

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The boy's father, his hands covered with his son's blood.

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David Sommerstein
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