Letter: A cheap life

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HUGH WINSOR'S article on the torture and murder of a 16-year-old Somalian, Shidane Arone, by Canadian soldiers compounds the racism that the soldiers were so clearly guilty of (''The `trophies' that shamed Canada'', 13 November).

He writes almost exclusively about the Canadians and their image, with the Somalis mentioned only in so much as they effect this. His final paragraph begins: ``However, the damage has been done.'' I navely thought that he meant the suffering and final death of Shidane Arone; but no, he was referring to the tarnishing of the Canadians' reputation.

A small example of the value given to an African life.

Dr Richard Watson