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On September 24, Wawa and another Korowai boy accused of being a khakhua reached the Indonesian city of Jayapura, where they will live and attend school. They were escorted by their uncles and author Paul Raffaele's guide, Kornelius Kembaren. —Ed.

Whose New York?

I have no doubt that Pete Hamill's "Five Years Later" is meant to be an inspiring tale about the strength of New Yorkers who endured the atrocity that struck our city. However, I am troubled with his assertion that "almost all New Yorkers, old and new, have gotten over September 11, 2001." I am from a part of Queens, Rockaway Beach, that lost 70 residents that day. The neighborhood has been deeply affected by that horrific act of cowardice. I see individuals who continue to suffer from having lost family members, loved ones and friends. Mr. Hamill discusses some of the remaining problems from 9/11, but he omits the plight of those exposed to the noxious fumes that permeated the site in the aftermath of the attack. Many survivors, first responders and other rescue workers who answered our city's urgent distress call have been diagnosed with breathing-related maladies. To be sure, New Yorkers have responded in an inspirational manner to the effects of 9/11, but from my perspective the tragedy isn't something that this city has "gotten over."

John Briody
Rockaway Beach, New York

Child Labor Still Exists

Lewis Hine's photo of child worker Addie Card ("Through the Mill") alerted Americans to the reality of child labor, but the problem persists in many parts of the world, where children are still held as virtual slaves because of tradition, culture, corrupt governments and police, poverty and war. The International Labor Organization, an agency of the United Nations, estimates that 218 million children between ages 5 and 17 work, and that 126 million toil in hazardous jobs in mining, manufacturing, construction and agriculture. We need another Lewis Hine to spotlight the worldwide problem of child labor.

Theresa Lorbiecki
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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