No one knows who he is. No one knows where he comes from. The small semi-conscious form lies unidentified in a Mumbai hospital, fed by a drip, waiting for someone, anyone, to arrive to claim him as their family.
While most of the 200 dead and 700 wounded in Tuesday’s railway blasts in India’s financial capital have been identified, the boy who sustained head injuries lies alone in the intensive care unit, unable to speak.
Until someone comes, the hospital staff call him Raju, although he cannot talk or take in their words.
Raju, who appears to be about 10, has several stitches on his face and missing teeth. He drifts in and out of consciousness.
Doctors at northern Mumbai’s Bhagwati hospital are at a loss.