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During the Save the Children of Iraq demonstration held on 8/15/200 in front of the Staples Center, artists placed hundreds of small cardboard coffins around the demonstration area. Each coffin represented an Iraqi child who had died due to the U.S. imposed sanctions against that country. Each small coffin had a name in Arabic drawn on it along with a photo of an Iraqi child.

Quoting the program "60 Minutes" from May 12th, 1996, when Lesley Stahl asked Madeleine Albright about the U.S. sanctions against Iraq...

Lesley Stahl: "We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price... we think the price is worth it."

Photograph by Mark Vallen