Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The saddest and most shocking images in the history of photography


"Tears are still falling ..."

On 11th September 2001 in the morning two hijacked passenger planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. This was not a coincidence but a series of terrorist attacks organized by the terrorist organization Al Qaeda. The attack killed all the passengers in the abducted planes and 2,974 innocent victims who were in buildings. More than 90 countries lost some of its citizens and the stock market was closed for a week.

Abu Ghraib
In 2004 a story was released which includes physical, mental and sexual abuse, torture, rape, sodomy and murder of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. These atrocities were committed by members of the 372nd Military Police Brigade, Army of the United States in cooperation with additional government agencies.
Afghan refugee child hides from a dust storm
Bhopal, India - The flood of Methyl Isocyanate
In 1984, the largest chemical disaster in the world happened in the town of Bhopal in India. More than 40 tons of methyl isocyanate was spilled from the pesticide plant owned by Carbide Junion, and on that occasion more than 20,000 people were killed. Soon, the skulls of people were found and they were immediately tested in a nearby hospital to determine the effects the gas has on the brain. The disaster injured people and animals as well as the surrounding trees where the leaves began to decline after a few days. Even today, 25 years after the horrible event, it is said say that people die as a result of this event.

Biafra
When Lgbosi from eastern Nigeria declared independence in 1967, Nigeria immediately blocked the newly formed state which was called Biafra. During the three-year war, more than one million people died, mainly of hunger. In those years of famine, children didn’t have the opportunity to eat enough protein, so their stomach muscles literally dried.

The Boston fire
On 22nd July 1975, Stanley J. Forman worked in a newsroom called "Boston Herald", when she heard a voice over police radios saying: "fire at Marlboro." Forman immediately went to the scene where numerous fire crews fought the blaze. Then the call for help came from the rear of the building. The call was from mothers who had their children with them. Forman ran there instantly...

Concentration camp Buchenwald
In 1937, near Weimar in Germany, the Nazis built the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp. Above the main entrance, there was a board with the slogan: "Everyone gets what he deserves." The Nazis used it until the fall of the Reich in 1945. From 1945 to 1950, The Soviets put Germans and Nazis into the camp. On 6th January 1950, the camp was taken over by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of East Germany. SS recorded all the people who came into the camp and who “got out”. The last two words are in quotes because most people died there and that was their way out. According to these records, approximately 33,462 people were executed. These documents, of course, do not have to be accurate. Those who were executed before 1944 were labeled as "transferred to the Gestapo." In 1941, the Soviet prisoners of war were executed in a mass murder. Prisoners who r came to the camp in the last years of the Reich were not recorded, and therefore there were more than 33,462 people executed in the camp.

The funeral of an unknown child
This picture shows one of the worst chemical disasters in history, which was caused by the multinational chemical company called Junion Carbide.

A monarch in flames
Due to slow and unreliable reforms in Vietnam, Mahayana Buddhist monks showed their frustration by sacrificing themselves in the outskirts of Saigon. In this picture, the Monarch sets himself on fire. He was later cremated. However, his heart has remained intact and the other monarchs declared him to be a Budisatva because of that fact. His act increased the pressure on the government to pur the laws and the reform into action.

An execution of a Viet Cong guerrilla
This photo was taken by Eddie Adams and he received the Pulitzer Prize for it. This image shows South Vietnamese police chief, Nguyen Loan Ngok, who executes a prisoner believed to be a guerrilla captain. Once again, public strongly opposed the war.

Hector Peterson
Hector Peterson is an icon of Soweto uprising in South Africa in 1976. Hector is seen here dying in the arms of his friend. He died at the age of 12 when police opened fire on the protesters. For years, the 16th June remains the symbol of the brutality of the apartheid government. Today it is known as the Youth Day - the day when South Africans pay tribute to young people and take care of their needs.

The Last Jew in Vinitsa
The picture is from the personal album named "The Last Jew in Vinitsa", and it shows one of the soldiers preparing to shoot a kneeling Jew. In front of him there is a mass grave where many have already lost their lives. The scene is Vinitsa in Ukraine, 1941. All 28,000 Jews from Vinitsa and surrounding areas were massacred at the time.

The Lynching of young African American people
This is the famous picture that was taken in 1930 two years and shows two young African American men who were hanged before a group of more than 10,000 white people. They were accused of raping women and killing their husbands. Another African American was scheduled to be hanged, but fortunately he was saved. Although these photographs were intended to increase the superiority of white people, the tortured bodies and grotesquely smiling faces of the crowd revolted many people against racism.

Atomic mushroom cloud over Hiroshima and Nagasaki


This image or nuclear "mushroom cloud" shows the tremendous amount of energy released. The first atomic bomb was dropped on 6 August on Hiroshima and on this occasion it killed about 80,000 people. On 9th August, the second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The consequences of the second bomb were much bigger - 150,000 people were killed or injured. The strong wind, the extremely high temperatures, and radiation have made those long-term consequences much worse.
Napalm girl
This image shows a girl, Kim Fan Ti Fuk, running naked down the street after her back was horribly burned in napalm attacks by South Vietnam. She was only 9 years old.

The child and the vulture
This picture shows a vulture watching a Sudanese child who apparently died of starvation. No one knows what happened to the child. Photographer Kevin Carter won the Pulitzer Prize for this shocking picture, but after only three months he committed suicide.

Palestinian father rescues son
This photo was taken from the video footage that shows the murder of 12-year-old Mohammed Al-Duraha in the Gaza Strip. The video was recorded by a cameraman from the French television, France 2

Palestinian refugees
This image was declared as the picture of the year by World Wide Press. Photographer: Francoise Demulder, France. Location: Beirut, Lebanon, January 1976. These are Palestinian refugees in the area of La Quarantine. Francoise was the first woman to receive this recognition and it happened on the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Press prizes. She said she hated war, but had to document how the innocent suffer and the aggressors’ just get richer.

Separate drinking fountains
The photograph shows a bigger and tidier tap for white people, and a small fountain for all other races except white.

The dying boy
The image of the year by World Wide Press. Photographer: Mike Wells, United Kingdom. Location: Karamoja District, Uganda, April 1980. Wells was bitter because his newspaper did not publish this photograph for five months, while people and children kept dying. Later his picture even won in some contest, but he refused to accept the award. He was against rewarding photographs where people are seen starving to death.

American bison
This is the consequence of the mass murder of American bison during the 1800s. These skulls were waiting to be fertilized and then sent to the American Midwest. The slaughter was so effective that the number of bison in the United States declined from 60 million to only 750 individuals during the period of 1800 - 1890.

The victims of the tsunami
Tsunami that struck Thailand in 2004 caused the death of approximately 350,000 people and a much larger number of injuries.
Images source: topstrange.com

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