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The Vulture And The Child

Written by: George Chittenden : 15 Jul 2019

This heart-breaking photo was taken in March 1993 by South African photojournalist, Kevin Carter, while he was working on an assignment in Sudan. In this disturbing photo you can see a vulture stalking a starving child, in one of the most controversial photographs ever taken in the history of photojournalism. The child survived the vulture at least, and the bird was chased away by the photographer himself.

A vulture stalking a starving child

A vulture stalking a starving child

The little girl was waiting whilst her parents were busy unloading food from a plane at the United Nations feeding centre. We debated whether or not to post this photo, but eventually decided that it’s important that we’re all aware of the horrors that exist in this world, as shocking as that can be at times. The photographer himself, Kevin Carter, won the Pulitzer prize for this disturbing photograph in 1994, which was the same year he took his own life.

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