By ASMITA DAS
December 7, 2017
Here are a series of historical photographs and events that will make you cry, if not make you immensely sad.
A picture can say a thousand words. Photographers play a huge role in shaping history. Often they capture moments that define the gravity and details of a particular time. However, very few are as moving as the following pictures that can make several people cry. Some define freedom, others represent a hard-fought victory, while others show the limited power of humanity.
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.”
The Six Faces of Death
In the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1939, German officials in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz 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 Polar Bear and Giraffe in Captivity
Animals have long been confined, 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 Deceased Vietnamese Soldier Pictured Beside a Photograph of His Wife
In 1968, The Tet Offensive- a campaign launched by the Viet Cong and North 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.
Pope Francis Consoles a Severely Disfigured Man
When Vinicio Riva visited Vatican City to attend a morning talk held by the pope, little did he know of the warm embrace he’d receive. Riva, who suffers from a non-infectious genetic disease that causes extraordinary tumor growth, wasn’t accustomed to kind acts by anyone, let alone from the pope. Yet, it appears Pope Francis saw the beauty in Riva when others ugly pre-judgments had failed them.
London was blitzed heavily in the war, and the resulting damage was catastrophic for its social and economic climate. However, as this photo depicts, infants were not exempt from the damages.
Two Opposed Religions- One Love
Everyone loves a tear-jerking love story, but perhaps this one trumps them all.
The story centered around one elderly woman’s refusal to let her Catholic religion come between her partner, so in an act of courageous defiance, she refused to be part of her family tomb. Instead, she opted for the closest possible spot to her Protestant husband. Two conjoined hands have since linked the graves. Love conquers all it seems- even death.
A Political Divide
This heart-wrenching photo of an elderly South Korean parting ways with his North Korean relative embodies the power politics has to divide, as well as unite.
Issa, 10 years old, carries a mortar shell in a weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo.Issa works with his father in the factory for ten hours every day except on Fridays.
A boy holds his mother’s leg as he cries in front of their damaged house after a strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake at Longmen village, Lushan county in Ya’an, Sichuan province.
Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left 1.9 million homeless, take part in a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte.
Afghan boys play with toy guns on the first day of Eid al-Adha in October.