Mr. Kristof (@NickKristof) had chosen to give up most of his column space “to introduce you to Abrar Ibrahim, a 12-year-old girl in Yemen who weighs just 28 pounds. Nothing I write can be as searing or persuasive or true as Abrar is in this photo.”
As happens with such things, when I posted the link to my page, it automatically found the photo to accompany it. Facebook later censored it, hiding the post from my page. Whether that was due to a reader complaint, or an automatic review, I don’t know. What I do know is context was not considered and thought-provoking commentary was removed from the page. Since I cannot post the link without FB automatically picking up the photo, I decided I would remedy the situation by blogging the link with alternative art.
That means you — the ultimate censor — can rightly decide if you want to follow the link. Whether you support the country’s Yemen policy or not, I suggest reading it. It is a powerful piece. A reminder of the power of photojournalism: that a picture is worth a thousand words. It is also one of the best uses of column space I have come across in recent memory.