The Picture That Told Endless Words, Questioned the Human in me

One of those days I got a forwarded email from my wife, like many mails I was about to dump that to eternity before the image in that made me think, send thousand electric shocks towards my intellect and proved that we all are lucky in our lives even though fight with fate is common to all humans.

It is well known fact that Developed countries dump millions of food products in sea which could enrich lives of millions of hungry stomachs in starving nations like sudan or ethiopa where thousands die due to malnourishment. When whole world was dying a man called Kevin Karter, photographer of Sunday news paper located at johanesberg made history through his lens,The history made by him infact later became personal tragedy.

1993 March 23 drought hidden Sudan , Kevin Karter heard a faint cry while he was filming pictures from the U.N camp in sudan. What he could see was a  girl reduced to skeleton .She was crawling and making her way to the Refugee camp. Suddenly a Vulture reached there waiting to make the girl his food. Kevin waited 20 minutes to catch the perfect frame where life and death met at a crucial juncture. After taking the photo Karter left the scene without even trying to save the kid . After the photo got published whole world wanted to know the fate of the girl.


Karter made history as the photo ultimately won Putlizer prize. The photographer was happy , but the human in him was sad as he could have saved the girls life from vulture. The bouts of sadness increased  coming days and he left to the world of ultimate peace. Carter committed suicide at the age of 34.

What he did was right or wrong? I am not there to debate on that, he could have saved the girls life, but he gave the message to whole world that hunger is much worse than bad luck, loosing someone you love due lo lack of food is ultimate tragedy in life. All the food we had wasted till now could have saved thousands of lives. Now I understand the meaning why parents got angry even if I wasted little food from my plate.


About Bibin Prasannan

A Post graduate physiotherapist specialized in orthopedics and Hand rehabilitation from manipal. His pass time hobbies includes reading books, cooking, reading Marquez. He is an avid fan of Sudha Murtys writings.
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