July 10, 2022 Amb. Kenneth Quinn
The article in the Des Moines Register reflects on the tragic Highland Park mass shooting in which a father shielded his 2-year-old son. Drawing parallels to a similar experience by the author, Ambassador Quinn, in Cambodia. He recounts a moment during his diplomatic service in Cambodia when his family had to take cover during a sudden outbreak of violence, highlighting the instinctual drive of parents to protect their children in the face of danger. The article also touches on the long-lasting psychological impact such traumatic events can have on individuals and communities.