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"Noone can read Lost Futures without being moved to the core. These are stark imagesa profound and deeply disturbing examination of the horrors that innocent children are subjected to around the world. Out of the deep well of their suffering comes a plea for the restoration of their human rights and dignity."
Hugh Downs, Chair, U.S. Committee for UNICEF
In his introduction to Lost Futures: Our Forgotten Children, photographer Stan Grossfeld beseeches readers to "take a tour of the planet with me" to see the varieties of human misery as it is manifested in children. Through 120 b&w photos he shows U.S. children who are hungry, abused or hopeless-a two-year-old who weighs just 20 pounds, a 14- year-old prostitute, a 19-year-old whose abdomen has been tattooed, ripped, punctured. In Thailand, children are sold into prostitution; in Palestine, Ireland and Ethiopia, they live amidst war; in Southeast Asia and the former Soviet Union, they show the effects of Agent Orange and nuclear disaster. And everywhere-Mexico, Haiti, India-they are poor. The book was sponsored by the Boston Globe (which originally published most of these photos) and boasts a foreword by Muhammad Ali and by Mother Teresa. Grossfeld is donating his royalties to UNICEF.