Day-to-day we see quite a lot of crap on the internet – the newly engaged couples, the latest celebrity blunders (*cough cough* Justin Bieber’s schlong slip *cough cough*), the endless articles telling us that an asteroid is heading for earth and we’re all going to die, again. But sometimes, if we’re lucky, once you’ve filtered through all the shit, you across something that makes you stop in your tracks. Powerful images that speak a thousand words, which are definitely worthy of your time.
If you’re not sure what I mean then have a gander through these images below to see what I mean. Oh and a little tip for you: get the tissues ready because a few of them are sure to bring a tear to your eye.
7-year-old Kiki is pulled from the rubble after the Haiti earthquake and placed into his mother’s arms.
In Kiev, Ukraine, a woman places carnations in-between anti-riot policemen’s shields outside the presidential office.
A view from above. NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson peers down at Earth from the International Space Station.
Pictured with an AK-27 hanging from his shoulder, an eight-year-old Syrian rebel stands puffing on a cigarette.
Occupy protesters at the University of California are sprayed with pepper-spray by a police officer.
The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami hits the shore and is caught flooding across land. The natural disaster killed over 230,000 people and injured half a million when the waves battered the low-lying coast.
While witnessing the nuclear blast of Hiroshima this child’s eyes clouded over.
Richard Barnett, a 1st Marine Division soldier, sits holding a little girl after she was separated from her family during an Iraq war firefight in 2003.
In 2010, Jaqueline Kiplimo gave up her first place spot in the Zheng-Kai marathon to help a disabled Chinese athlete, suffering from dehydration mid-race, take a drink.
Police officers talk suicide jumper, Kevin Berthia, out of throwing himself off the Golden Gate Bridge.
In 1984 a Columbian girl was trapped under debris for three days following a volcanic eruption. The 13-year-old sadly lost her life at a later stage due to her injuries.
4th September 1957. Elizabeth Ann Eckford was pursued by a mob as she entered into Little Rock Central High School. She made history as one of the members of the Little Rock Nine – the nine African-American Students who first desegregated a high school in a major southern city.
Biba Aisha was rescued by US aid workers after she had her nose and ears cut off after escaping an abusive marriage to a Taliban fighter.
Survivors of US Airways Flight 1549 huddle aboard the evacuation slides after crash landing into the Hudson River. Remarkably, all the passengers survived.
A Brazilian boy weeps at his teacher’s funeral while playing the violin. The teacher helped him to escape a life of violence and poverty.
“The Falling Man.” One of the many images that were circulated by the press immediately after the attacks of 9/11. Referred to as “perhaps the most powerful image of despair at the beginning of the 21st century.”
Now that’s some powerful stuff.
Talking of power, this extremely powerful video will probably change the way you feel about death forever. For better or worse, it’s eye-opening to consider from this perspective.