The Washington Post
Why The Washington Post published children’s names and photos in this story
A reporter and photographer with The Washington Post spent 11 days in Ivory Coast reporting this story. Reporter Peter Whoriskey and photographer Salwan Georges traveled with an interpreter to three villages in West Africa, interviewing 12 boys who gave their ages ranging from 13 to 18. Georges, through a translator, asked each boy if he agreed to be photographed and whether he consented to photographs that would identify him. Most consented to photographs while several did not, so their photos were not published. All agreed to use of their full names. Some of the boys remarked that they wanted their parents, who live in another country, to see their photos.