THE DIVERSITY OF MY THOUGHTS

The Pictures That Shame The World

In Amazing, History on October 31, 2008 at 11:46 am

The following pictures have been published in thousands of sites, even millions, but I’ll post them anyway. All of the pictures posted represent a particular history at a particular time.

Here are some dark days in the world’s history:

December 3rd, 1984. The first picture was taken in time of the Bhopal Industrial disaster. This has been considered as the biggest tragedy, resulting in the instant death of more than 3,000 people, 8,000 more died within two weeks and another 8,000 died since the tragedy. This was triggered by the release of 42 metric tons of Methyl Isocyanate gas, exposing at least 52,000 people to toxic gas.

1957. The first day of Dorothy Counts at the Harry Harding High School in the United States . Counts was one of the first black students admitted in the school, and she was no longer able to stand the harassments after 4 days.

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January 12, 1960. A second before the Japanese Socialist Party leader Asanuma was murdered by an opponent student.

1963. Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist priest in Southern Vietnam , burns himself to death protesting the government’s torture policy against priests. Thich Quang Dug never made a sound or moved while he was burning.

1962. A soldier shot by a sniper hangs onto a priest in his last moments. Puerto Cabello naval base, Venezuela, June 1962. A soldier who has been mortally wounded by a sniper clings onto navy chaplain Luis Padillo.

1965. Loc Thuong, Binh Dinh, South Vietnam, September 1965. Mother and children wade across river to escape US bombing.

1966. Tan Binh, South Vietnam, 24 February 1966. American troops drag the body of a Viet Cong soldier to be buried.

February 1, 1968. South Vietnam police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan shots a young man, whom he suspects to be a Viet Kong soldier.

1972. Trangbang, South Vietnam, 8 June 1972. Phan Thi Kim Phuc (center) flees from the scene where South Vietnamese planes have mistakenly dropped napalm.

1973. A few seconds before Chile ’s elected president Salvador Allende is dead during the coup.

1975. Boston, USA, 22 July 1975. A woman and a girl are hurled down as the fire escape of their apartment building collapses.

April 1980. A kid in Uganda about to die of hunger with a missionary.Karamoja district, Uganda.

February 23, 1981. Colonel Molina ve military police seizes the Parliament building in Spain . The photographer did not expect the scene, and hid the films in his shoe.

1982. Palestinian refugees murdered in Beirut , Lebanon .

1987. A mother in South Korea apologizes and asks for forgiveness for her son who was arrested after attending a protest. He was protesting the alleged manipulations in the general elections.

1989. Beijing, China, 4 June 1989. A demonstrator confronts a line of People’s Liberation Army tanks during Tiananmen Square demonstrations for democratic reform.

1992, November. Bardera, Somalia. Mother lifts up the body of her child, a famine victim, to bring it to the grave

1994. Rwanda. Hutu man mutilated by the Hutu ‘Interahamwe’ militia, who suspected him of sympathizing with the Tutsi rebels.

1996. Kuito, Angola. Landmine victims in Kuito, a town where many people were killed and traumatized during the civil war.

2001. An Afghani refugee kid’s body is being prepared for the funeral in Pakistan

2002. Soldiers and villagers in Iran are digging graves for the victims of the earthquake. A kid holds his father’s pants before he is buried.

2003. An Iraqi prisoner of war tries to calm down his child.

The ultimate picture would be the one taken in 1993 by Kevin Carter, an award-winning photographer. This picture depicted a famine in Sudan where a starving child collapsed on the ground while on his way to the food center in Sudan. In the background, we see a vulture stalking the poor child. Kevin Carter committed suicide in 1994 because he’s being haunted and traumatized by the horrific scene.

I’m fully aware that all the images posted are copyrighted but hey, I’m doing you guys favor, I’m promoting your photographic skills. I have always been fascinated by history….

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  1. Selalu memanjatkan doa untuk kedamaian apabila melihat images diatas..

  2. Hopefully all of these will not happen again in the future. The world had shown us enough suffering already with disasters and terrorism.

  3. Same suffering different day.

  4. There is such thing as fair use, and if the copyright restriction isn’t evident you’re clear. They can, however, if the copyright owner finds the picture displayed here…they can ask it to be removed. Until then, thank you for sharing these compelling images. I only hope that they affect each person that views them, in a way that compels them to make more of a difference in the world.

  5. The picture of Luis Padillo in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela is right outside my house (since that’s my city). Amazing what the world can do. It’s so disappointing how we as human beings let these things happen to our own kind just because of different ideas. The world would be such a better place if we cared a bit for others.

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