The People of Vietnam

The Kid
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I encountered this young Montagnard lad at Dong Xoai.  He spoke no English and I spoke no Vietnamese, so we settled for me offering him a cigarette in return for his allowing me to take his picture.  This image says a lot about the nature of the war, or perhaps any war.  This boy is probably only 9 or 10 years old, but that is a very real M-16 rifle he is toting.  I often wonder, when I look at this picture, whether he survived to adulthood.
Revised: 01 May 1999