New York Times, October 24, 2019
LONDON —The 39 people found dead in a refrigerated
truck trailer in southeastern England . . . .
We don’t know much. The authorities said they were
Chinese. Later, police said they were from a village in
Vietnam. Probably seeking work in factories or
construction or nail salons in Britain.
We don’t know much but I can imagine: Polyester and
cotton shirts. Lipstick in a back pocket, a wallet, creased
photos, cigarettes. Long hair and short, bristles trailing
across a chin, blemished skin or smooth cheeks curving
to dip around silent open lips.
We don’t know if one man told his wife that money
would arrive soon. Or if one woman thought about the
smell of her baby’s hair or if anyone remembered
laughter spilling like water from a glass.
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