“The Struggle for Existence” is an ancient phrase that teaches us to face the reality. But behind the reality, there are hidden some bitter truths that could haunt us forever. For achieving such realisations of humanity, we have to look back to some of the most famous historical images that indeed tell us how much the actual value of life could be. And here we may find a similar sense of life from a famous photograph called “The vulture and the little girl”, depicting an utterly pathetic scene of a famine-stricken starving boy – initially believed to be a girl – being preyed upon by a vulture.
|⌻ “The vulture and the little girl” by Kevin Carter|
Taken by the renowned South African photojournalist, Kevin Carter in his trip to South Sudan, this iconic photograph has also been known as “Struggling Girl” and was first appeared in The New York Times on March 26th 1993, shaking the whole world to the core.
Thousands of questions were raised to know whether the little child had survived and many even contacted the News Paper Authority. But the paper responded through an unpleasant clearance note saying that the child garnered enough strength to walk away from the vulture but her ultimate fate was not known!
|⌻ Photojournalist: Kevin Carter|
“I‘m really, really sorry. The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist. …depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger & pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners … I have gone to join Ken if I am that lucky.”