What happens when a child or a budding flower is nipped in the bud? One can only find out if such a mishap could be prevented completely. Pictures tell you about the kind of life you’ve been able to live. They can also tell you about the kind of lives that are lost. Such atrocities are wreaked upon the innocent that it becomes hard to believe that we do live in the 21st century. Here are 10 photographs of children that have faced the consequence of our actions. Pictures taken in dire moments that linger lifelong, in question of our morality… ‘Is this what we want to remember, have failed to do or is this just the people we’ve become’.
1. The Body Of A Syrian Boy Who Drowned
Syrian refugees are innocent people who have lost everything that they ever had. They’ve fled to Europe seeking asylum. This boy’s body bears testimony to the cruelties that these people are going through. Three-year-old lifeless Aylan Kurdi drowned along with his family when the boat they were in failed to reach the Greek island of Kos.
2. Documentary American Child Laborers
It Photographer Lewis Hine clicked this picture. He highlights the plight of child labor in the national reform campaign. His photography has worked miracles in exposing the scandals of America’s children that were forced to work in factories, mills, fields, and mines.
4. Sudan’s Little Girl And The Vulture
South African photojournalist, Kevin Carter’s Prize-winning’s photograph in Sudan is a masterpiece. It depicts how the vulture is waiting for little girl to die. It was clicked when the girl’s parents went to collect rations from the plane. The photograph is evidently devoid of human empathy.
5. Bhopal Gas Tragedy
This outstanding photograph was clicked by Indian photojournalist Raghu Rai on the lamenting morn of December 3rd, 1984; the morning after the infamous Union Carbide tragedy. The Magnum photographer Raghu had come across one distraught father burying his infant daughter. He clicked him caressing her face for the one last time.
7. The Woe Of Omayra Sánchez
Omayra Sánchez Garzón was a 13 year old Colombian girl who died during the 1985 Nevado Del Ruiz volcano eruption. It had killed nearly 23,000 people, destroying the state of Armero along with 13 other villages. Omayra was trapped in the muddy debris along with the corpse of her family and relatives for three days under the ruins of her house. The brave girl battled death for 60 hours before being rescued. It is believed she died from hypothermia or gangrene.
8. Operation Lion Heart
It’s actually a documentary that portrays the struggle of 9 year old Saleh Khalaf, an Iraqi boy who was the victim of a bomb explosion. Saleh had lost an eye, his right hand and nearly all the fingers on his left hand while his intestines were blown out. He received a number of life-and-death surgeries at a hospital in Oakland and his courage got him the name Lion heart.
10. Rwandan Genocide
The iniquitous Rwandan genocide happened on the sixth of April, 1994. That was the day when a group of Hutus brutally slaughtered the Tutsis. No one came to the aid of the victims and the world watched everything as if nothing was going on. The photograph depicts the bloody feet of children in an effort to escape the slaughter by climbing the walls.
11. Hand Of Hope
Another very famous picture is of a 21 week fetus had stretched its hand right out of the incision and firmly gripped the finger of the doctor in charge. The picture was taken On August 19, 1999, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
13. Vietnam Napalm
This one is another really very famous photo by AP photographer Nick Ut. It’s a glimpse in the life of Phan Thi Kim Phuc when she was 9 years of age running naked on a road after a South Vietnamese attack.
14. Child Of War
An unfortunate young girl Teresa from Poland in the year 1948 lived in a concentration camp when she was asked to draw her house and family on the blackboard. This is what the child drew. Her picture of “home” set as the representation of the confused state of mind she was in.