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Opinion

JULIETTE KAYYEM

The real plight of the orphan-hostages

There are people who are mean — simply heartless and cruel — because they enjoy it. Some lash out because of group dynamics and clique behavior. Others may be cold because of a broken heart or a long-ago slight.

Then there is Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is cruelly using orphans to thwart the cause of human rights.

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