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The Act of Killing

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"I remember I said, 'Get out of the car,'" Congo says of one killing. "He asked, 'Where are you taking me?' Soon, he refused to keep walking, so I kicked him as hard as I could in the stomach. I saw Roshiman bringing me a machete. Spontaneously, I walked over to him and cut his head off. My friends didn't want to look. They ran back to the car. And I heard this sound. His body had fallen down. And the eyes in his head were still. ..."

He trails off.

"On the way home," he finishes, "I kept wondering, why didn't I close his eyes? And that is the source of all my nightmares. I'm always gazed at by those eyes that didn't close."


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Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

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