Published on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 00:00
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures you are about to see will invoke different kinds of emotions within you, some more than others as they reflect the best and the worst of humanity. We will shut up now and let the pictures do the talking.
The interior of an Auschwitz gas chamber completely covered in scratch marks.
A heart surgeon and his assistant resting after a successful heart transplant that spanned 23 hours.
Father and son (1949 vs. 2009).
Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music.
Christians join hands to form a barrier to protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt.
A firefighter gives water to an injured koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, 2009.
Homeless Indian men eagerly await to receive free food distributed outside a mosque in New Delhi, India.
A mother is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months.
Titled “The Falling Man”, this man plunged to his death from the World Trade Center on 9/11.
A devastated young learning that his brother was killed.
An alcoholic father with his young son desperately trying to help him up.
An embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory.
Sunset on Mars.
A five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year's Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke.
29-year-old Hhaing The Yu sobbing into his hand as the rain falls on the ruins of his home near Myanmar's capital of Yangon (Rangoon). This was during May 2008 when cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, killing 100,000 people and leaving millions homeless.
Leao the dog still continues to loyally wait alongside her owner's grave for the second day after he died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janieo in 2011.
Titled “Wait For Me Daddy”, by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminister, Canada, 1 October 1940.
An old WWII veteran breaking down infront of an old tank which he passed through the entire war. The tank is displayed in a small Russian town as a monument.
A parent's love knows no boundaries. Some parents who are likely to be in their 70s or 80s are still searching for their missing children who disappeared decades ago.
The graves of a Catholic woman and her protestant husband who were not allowed to be buried in the same graveyard.
Greg Cook hugging his dog, Coco after finding her alive inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the tornado in March 2012.
A public demonstration on condom usage at a market in Jayapura, capital of Papua New Guinea, 2009.
Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943.
A heroic villager saving stray kittens from the massive floods in Cuttack City, India in 2011.
An Afghan man offering tea to soldiers.
A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994.
A peaceful protest with flowers as ammunition.
A Japanese woman sits crying amidst the devastation caused by an earthquake and tsunami in Natori, northern Japan, March 2011.
The funeral of Zanjeer the dog who saved thousands of lives in India. He was sent off with full military honors in 2000.
Nine-year-old Kim Phuc fleeing with the village when planes mistook them for soldiers and bombed them with Naplam.
These images are haunting and gripping, forcing one to contemplate the aspects of human existence from our suffering to our victories, our failures to our determination, our hatred to our compassion, and our foolishness to our intelligence.