Oslo Journal, Part IV

Editor’s Note: The Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual human-rights conference, took place last week, in the Norwegian capital. The previous parts of Jay Nordlinger’s journal are at the following links: I, II, and III.

Outside the Grand Hotel, I see a bunch of pre-schoolers, being led around in ropes, according to the modern fashion. Do you know what I mean? They are corralled together with these benevolent leashes. About three adults tend them. One woman (I assume a woman), leading a little blond boy, is in full burqa: face covered. If the boy wanted to look up to see her, he could not. She is just a black lump.

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