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Two-year-old Canadian Boy Shot for Crying

by sybil Thu Jun 16th, 2005 at 07:56:14 PM EST

He was shot in the head, because he was crying too much.

Little boy in the arms of his grieving father

B.C. toddler killed in Cambodian standoff

VICTORIA - The two-year-old shot and killed during a hostage-taking at an international elementary school in Cambodia has been identified as Maxim Michalik who was born in Victoria.

Four gunmen stormed the Siem Reap International School, and seized up to 70 children aged between two and four and their teachers - in an effort to extract money from foreigners.

One of the hostage-takers reportedly told police the little boy was shot in in the head because he was crying too much. [...]

Police said the men were known criminals, aged 22 to 25, from the southeastern province of Kandal.

The school is located in the popular tourist spot of Siem Reap, near the Angkor temples. Many of the parents using its services are foreigners working in local hotels.

Many of the hostages, aged between two and six, were the sons and daughters of expatriate hotel workers from Canada, the U.S., Britain, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

What is there to say? words fail me.

involving an attack on an international school. There are international schools all over the world associated with diplomatic and business communities of expatriates. So far, however, they have not been targets of terrorist attacks. The motives of the Cambodian hostage-takers remain unclear. One can only hope this is a one-off incident. I can't even bear to contemplate the devastation of this little boy's parents.

Pogo: We have met the enemy, and he is us.
by d52boy on Sat Jun 18th, 2005 at 08:43:19 PM EST

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