In March 1993, photographer Kevin Carter made a trip to southern Sudan, where he took now iconic photo of a vulture preying upon an emaciated Sudanese toddler near the village of Ayod. Carter said he waited about 20 minutes, hoping that the vulture would spread its wings. It didn’t. Carter snapped the haunting photograph and chased the vulture away. Carter eventually won the Pulitzer Prize for this photo, but he couldn’t enjoy it. “I’m really, really sorry I didn’t pick the child up,” he confided in a friend. Consumed with the violence he’d witnessed, and haunted by the questions as to the little girl’s fate, he committed suicide three months later.
Hearbreaking. Part of me sometimes thinks as terrible as the recent terrorism was in Norway, even those tragedies pale in comparison to what’s currently going on in Somalia/Africa.
70-80 people murdered in Norway - on every front page of every newspaper going and an absolutely horrible event.
Tens (hundreds?) of thousands starving in Africa is infinitely worse. Especially when you see how little coverage it gets in comparison. And how much easier must it be for governments to fight famine than it is to fight the fluid, changing and (sometimes even exaggerated) enemy that is terrorism.
Rambling now and no doubt huge holes in what i’ve said so i’ll zip it…