Powerful sad images
Sometimes sad pictures are simultaneously disturbing and powerful.
The Burning Monk of Saigon
Arguably one of the most iconic images of all time, the photo, taken in Vietnam in the year 1963, depicts the Buddhist monk Thích Quang burning himself to death. The reason for Quang's sacrifice stemmed from the feud between the Catholic Church and the Buddhist's, who made up 70-90% of the population. Although, when U.S correspondents were informed that 'something important' was to take place outside the Cambodian embassy in Saigon, little did many journalists know or believe that anything of significance would happen. So unimpressed were many reporters that only a handful turned up. However, one of those who did was New York Times journalist Malcolm Browne, who would go on to receive a Pulitzer Prize for his work documenting the crisis.
Dorothy Counts First Day at Harry Harding High School
When the Brown V Board Of Education trial deemed segregation within schools unconstitutional, Counts made history; becoming one of the first black students to enroll at the all-white Harry Harding High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. But, in scenes of a horrific nature, the 15-year-old was bullied, harassed and intimidated by her fellow students. Unfortunately, and some would say inevitably, Counts act of bravery didn't last long as her father withdrew her after only four days of attendance.
Waiting For Death
This graphic photo of a starving Sudanese child kneeling to his death as a wide-eyed vulture waits in the background sent shivers through the international community when it was published in 1992. Captured by Kevin Carter, the photograph would go on to win the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. However, it seemed the images Carter documented were almost too much to bear, leading the famed photographer to take his life a year later. Leaving a suicide note, the South African wrote, "I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain ... of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners."
A Young Japanese Boy Standing at Attention After Bringing His Dead Brother to a Cremation Pyre
In the wake of the American bombings that reigned over Japan in 1945, photographer Joe O' Donnell would spend the next seven months documenting the plights and casualties of the many thousands of citizens affected. Devastatingly, many sufferers of the atrocities were children, as this stark photograph of a brave boy carrying his baby brother to a cremation ground shows.
The Six Faces of Death
In the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1939, German officials in the Polish city of Broomberg decided to kill over 14% of the entire city's population in response to a fight that broke out between German sabotages and members of the Polish army. And as this haunting photo illustrates, the last moments of a life before death are ones that encompass a range of human emotions.
A Young Holocaust Survivor is Asked to Draw a Picture of Home
For many of the survivors who grew up in the German concentration camps, the memories of their stay would forever haunt them. Perhaps more tragically, younger survivors were less aware of any barbarity- for it was all they knew. And as this photo of a little child epitomizes, it's the only image they can fathom.
A Polar Bear and Giraffe in Captivity
Animals have long been kept in captivity, but you'd think in the 21st-century things would have changed. However, for many wild animals, staring out at a fictional painting of their natural habitat will be the closest they come.
A 12 Year Old Boy Cries at The Funeral of His Teacher Who Brought Him Out of Poverty
Diego Frazão Torquato, a 12-year-old violinist, was reduced to tears at the funeral of his teacher, who was instrumental in introducing Torquato to music as a way of escaping from the violence of the favelas. Sadly, only one year later, Diego would also pass away, aged only 13.
A Girl Hugs Her Sister For Over an Hour After She Came Back From Hospital Having Attempted Suicide
When your loved ones doubt the worth of their lives, it's often the simplest of reassurances that can make them feel worthy in a world which must feel hopeless.
A Deceased Vietnamese Soldier Picture Beside a Photograph of His Wife
In 1968, The Tet Offensive- a campaign launched against the United States and South Vietnamese Army- was responsible for some 14,000 deaths. But, like all wars, the fragility of combat brings loss to not only the soldiers, but also their loved ones.
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