After a major disaster like the Sichuan earthquake, some individuals become iconic, the faces of that event since images of them are transmitted around the world. In journalism, we don't always have the time or resources to follow up on how life turned out for these individuals. So I appreciated seeing photographer Bo Bor's "before and after" story come over the wire -- three more images from the essay follow this one.
This combination photograph of Sichuan earthquake survivor Xu Linghong shows a soldier carrying wounded Xu (L) out of a collapsed building at the earthquake-hit Beichuan, Sichuan province May 13, 2008, and Xu (R) walking outside her classroom at a primary school in Mianyang, Sichuan province March 30, 2009. Xu, 7, was rescued from a collapsed building but lost her right arm and her mother died in the earthquake.