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Saddest Photos Ever Taken

August 5th 2009 11:14
Humans are capable of achieving great things, and doing terrible things to each other. While some of us prosper and flourish, others are suffering to the same extent.
ITVnews takes a look at the most depressing pictures ever taken throughout history. Many more images and associated information can be seen here.

Saddest pictures ever taken. Nazi concentration camp
Buchenwald Camp
In 1937, the Nazis constructed Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany. Placed over the camp's main entrance gate, was the slogan Jedem das Seine (literally "to each his own", but figuratively "everyone gets what he deserves"). The Nazis used Buchenwald until the camp's liberation in 1945. From 1945 to 1950, the Soviet Union used the occupied camp as an NKVD special camp for Nazis and other Germans. On 6 January 1950, the Soviets handed over Buchenwald to the East German Ministry of Internal Affairs.


The SS left behind accounts of the number of prisoners and people coming to and leaving the camp, categorizing those leaving them by release, transfer, or death. These accounts are one of the sources of estimates for the number of deaths in Buchenwald. According to SS documents, 33,462 died in Buchenwald. These documents were not, however, necessarily accurate: Among those executed before 1944 many were listed as "transferred to the Gestapo". Furthermore, from 1941 forward Soviet POWs were executed in mass killings. Arriving prisoners selected for execution were not entered into the camp register and therefore were not among the 33,462 dead listed in SS documents.



Upsetting pictures. Starving child.
Nilgunyalcin Child Vulture
Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture nearby. It is quite obvious that the child was starving to death, while the vulture was patiently waiting for the toddler to die so he can have a good meal.

Nobody knows what happened to the child, who crawled his way to a United Nations food camp. Photographer Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer Prize for this shocking picture, but he eventually committed suicide three months after he took the shot.


depressing photos
Boston Fire
On July 22, 1975, Stanley J. Forman was working in the newsroom of the Boston Herald American newspaper when a police scanner picked up an emergency: “Fire on Marlborough Street!” Forman rushed to the scene, where multiple fire crews were battling an intense blaze. There was a distress call for a ladder team to the rear of the building to help a stranded woman and child. Forman followed.



miserable photographs. Tsunami bodies
Tsunami Dead Bodies
The Boxing Day Tsunami that struck Thailand in 2004 caused approximately 350,000 deaths and many more injuries.



gloomy images
Starving Boy
World Press Photo of the Year: 1980 Mike Wells, United Kingdom. Karamoja district, Uganda, April 1980. Starving boy and a missionary. Wells felt indignant that the same publication that sat on his picture for five months without publishing it, while people were dying, entered it into a competition. He was embarrassed to win as he never entered the competition himself, and was against winning prizes with pictures of people starving to death.


Pictures that changed the world
Burial Of an Unknown Child
Burial of an unknown child. This picture shows the world’s worst industrial disaster, caused by the US multinational chemical company, Union Carbide.


depressing pictures. Death of a Palestinian boy.
Palestine Father Saving Son
Images from the video footage of 12-year-old Muhammad al-Durrah being shot dead in the Gaza Strip. The scene was filmed by a France 2 cameraman.
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Comment by James Rickard

August 5th 2009 20:32

Comment by Wilson Pon

August 6th 2009 08:59
Ian, when I'm looking through the pictures, I felt how vulnerable as a human being. That's why, we should cherish every moment in our life!


Comment by Anonymous

October 13th 2010 00:11
wow this really touched my heart

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