Many of you have probably seen this picture. I have. I have seen it a lot. Every time I see it, it devastates me. It is a picture of a really small child being followed by a vulture. The other day I was browsing on of my blog friends sites and I came a across it. But this time there was a story behind it. The story of where the picture came from. I have posted below the article I found. It is heart wrenching. How can I not get involved?! After my eyes have been opened and I have seen how can I continue on the way I do?! This is alot of the reason why my husband and I have chosen Africa as our first international adoption. If all I can save if one, then that is one life worth saving from death by disease or starvation.
Here is the story behind the photo....
Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer prize winning photo taken in 1993 during the Sudan famine, the picture depicts a famine stricken child being stalked by a vulture, the child is crawling toward a united nations food camp, located a kilometer away.
No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer who left the scene as soon as the photo was taken. He later confided to friends that he wished he had intervened. Journalists at the time were warned never to touch famine victims for fear of disease.
Three months later, and only two weeks after being bestowed with the Pulitzer Prize, Kevin Carter committed suicide.
On 27 July 1994 Carter drove to the Braamfonteinspruit river, near the Field and Study Centre, an area where he used to play as a child, and took his own life by taping one end of a hose to his pickup truck’s exhaust pipe and running the other end to the passenger-side window. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the age of 33. Portions of Carter’s suicide note read:
“I am depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and 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.”