30 Saddest Photographs To Break Your Heart

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John F. Kennedy once said these words, “No new picture in history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.” These were his words upon seeing the picture of the burning monk in Vietnam during the 60s. Nowadays, images are being used to elicit specific emotions most especially if one wants to advocate something. Through the years, the world has had its fair share of photographs which have touched the hearts of many.

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1.) Pompeii
We all dream of a love so powerful, it will echo through generations. It proved truthful for the two skeletons unearthed by archaeologists in Italy estimated to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old. The pair is most indeed thought to be a man and woman found locked in an embrace.

2.) Struggling Girl
1993, this was the picture that has sparked controversies worldwide. Kevin Carter shot an image of a fallen boy, previously thought as a girl, struggling with hunger with a vulture lying in wait. The picture went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1994, but Carter committed suicide in that same year.

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3.) Phan Thi Kim Phúc Hailed as the most famous war photograph of all time, the naked girl in the picture is identified as Kim Phuc. She showed by a camera running along a road in South Vietnam after taking off her burned clothes during an aerial napalm attack.

4.) Burning Monk
The front page of all the papers worldwide, the word “Vietnam” on everyone’s lips, this was the reaction it spiked when Thich Quang Duc burned himself alive in protest of the corrupt government which has killed a lot of people. His death has become a universal symbol of rebellion and injustice.

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5.) Hands
The photograph taken by wells in 1980 depicts a white missionary in Uganda holding the tiny, emaciated hand of an African boy. It is one of the depictions of the famine in Uganda in 1980 which 30,000 or more people had lost their lives.

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