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Innocents at risk: The hardest pictures to see?

Sometimes, browsing the photo wires yields unexpected connections between images. This morning, unfortunately, I was struck by a number of pictures showing children in difficult circumstances, danger or pain.

MaxPPP / Trias Philippe / EPA

French Police officers lead a group of rescued children from a school in Besancon, France, on Monday. A 17-year old male, armed with two swords, had taken hostage a number of children attending the nursery. The incident started at 9 a.m. and finished with the liberation of the children and their teacher, and the capture of the teenager.

Ajay Verma / Reuters

Five-month-old Roshni, child of the woman laborer at right, rests in a basket at a roadside construction site in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on Dec. 10. India's domestically driven economy grew 8.9 percent for the second straight quarter in the three months to end-September on higher consumption, with the government forecasting higher growth in the next two quarters.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

Pakistani girls watch a man working at a brick factory while they collect the remains of the coal to be used for heating, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday

Peter Andrews / Reuters file

Medic Sergeant Tyrone Jordan from CCO., 1-214 AVN Dustoff, treats a child wounded in an explosion as his father comforts the boy during a Medevac mission in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province November 13, 2010. Reuters moved a number of pictures from this November story today.

These weren't the only such pictures on the wires in recent days. Phaedra Singelis just published one of Eman, a young schoolgirl injured in a bomb attack on a Pakistan school bus. An EPA photographer made a report in slums on the outskirts of Mumbai to illustrate some disturbing facts from there:

According to the state government's data, 3.5 per cent of Greater Mumbai's slum children under six die every year because of poor nutrition and increased risk of infections - a figure largely accepted by academics and social workers.

I figured these four were enough to publish here--maybe more than enough--but think it's worth a post to show and discuss one of the more difficult sets of subjects we come across and publish.