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11 heartwrenching photographs of children in distressing situations across the world

By Nithya NairEmailFollow

Images speak a million words. They are powerful than any other medium of expression. The expression or the incident caught at a glimpse has the power to rock the entire world. And thus was the the image of the Syrian boy washed ashore on the shores of Europe which broke the heart of the world a little. Kids being sensitive, the image grabbed eye balls all around the world. Photos of children have always given a better explanation of the world we are living in and here is a set of 11 such pictures from the past of children which lost our faith in humanity.

1. The Syrian kid washed ashore

The three-years old Syrian boy washed ashore the beaches of Europe was truly heart-breaking. The young child lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum was among the 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach Greece. The photo was taken by Nilufer Demir. (Also Read: Heartbreaking images! Artists pay tribute to Syrian toddler who drowned off Turkey coast)

2. Children for sale

What can be disheartening more than this. In 1948, a mother in despair displayed her four children for sale next to a placard which reads, ‘4 children for sale, inquire within’ on front of their home in Chicago. She wanted to run the house and pay the pending bills, when she found the only solution. While the children seem to be talking to their siblings, the mother standing behind them is either crying or looking away.

3. Vulture stalking a little girl

Other than the downtrodden condition of the Sudanese kid, the situation was so disturbing for the photographer that he committed suicide some months after he clicked this picture. Kevin Carter, South African photojournalist had clicked his photo of a vulture waiting for a young girl to die so that it can feed on it. The parents of the child had gone to take food from the plane Carter received the Pulitzer award for this click of his.

4. Fire Escape Collapse

Clicked by Stanley Forman, this photo won Pulitzer Award for spot news photography. In the image is 19-year-old Diana Bryant and her 2-year-old goddaughter Tiare Jones falling from the collapsed fire escape of a burning apartment building on Marlborough Street in Boston on July 22, 1975.  This image questioned the condition of  fire exits in United States after which fire escape legislation legislation in the United States.

 5. Tragedy of Omayra Sanchez

Omayra Sánchez Garzón was a 13-year-old Colombian girl killed in Armero in the 1985 eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano.  The image was clicked shortly before she died in the landslide. The photograph had kick-started a debate if the photographer could have saved the girl instead of wasting time in clicking her picture. It was clicked by French photographer Frank Fournier in 1985.

6. The soldier’s boy

Holding back tears, Christian Golczynski, son of Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski is seen accepting the flag from his father’s casket. The photographer who clicked this picture Aaron Thompson described its as ‘the most emotionally moving event I may have ever witnessed and may ever witness in my life’.

7. Phan Thi Kim Phuc 

This iconic photo of Phan Thi Kim Phuc running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back during a South Vietnamese attack showed the. This photo clicked in Trang Bang by AP photographer Nick Ut portrays the situation of Vietnam in 1972.

8. Syrian kid mistakes camera for a gun

This was yet another heart-breaking moment when a four-year-old Syrian child raised her hands a photographer clicked her picture. The child mistook the camera for a gun. The child was later identified as Adi Hudea. The image had gone viral with people sharing it thousands of times on social networking sites. This was clicked by Turkish photographer Osman Sagirli.

9. Famine in Karamoja, Uganda

This withered image shows the situation in Africa during the 1980s. In the picture is seen a white missionary in northeastern Uganda who is holding a tiny hand of a starving African boy. It was clicked by Mike Well.

10. Bhopal Gas Tragedy

This picture was clicked by Pablo Bartholomew after the tragic night of Bhopal Gas Tragedy on December 2, 1984. This photo received the World Press Photo of the Year in 1984.  The photo shows half-buried child victim of the gas leak.

11. Young girl sits outside bombed house

In the photograoh is seens a young girl clutching her doll sitting amid her bombed-out home in 1940



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