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Kevin Carter

this photograph is not recent and the story behind it is not uncommon, but still for those who are clueless about it:

Photo by Kevin Carter. In March 1993 Carter made a trip to southern Sudan. The sound of soft, high-pitched whimpering near the village of Ayod attracted Carter to an emaciated Sudanese toddler. The girl had stopped to rest while struggling to a feeding center, whereupon a vulture had landed nearby. He said that 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 . However, he also came under heavy criticism for just photographing — and not helping — the little girl. When the photo was published, hundreds called to ask whether the little girl had survived. It was such a shame that the publishers could only say that the girl was able to escape from the vulture but her fate was unknown. Hence, should we honor Carter whose photo translate the situation in Sudan to the world or should we criticize him for not helping the little girl (i mean the camp was only less than 10km away). My first intuition was that he should help the little girl! How possible could he just sit there and wait for 20min for a wildlife show involving your own species? It takes less than 5 sec to just snap a picture and he could then help the little girl. He took his life not long after the photo was published. Still, I wouldn’t pity such a man who left behind his family in struggle of his own emotions.