The 12 Most Heartbreaking Famous Photographs That Will Haunt You Forever


Here are some of the most powerful and heartbreaking iconic-photos from around the world that have left the scars of deep regrets in human history forever:

1 | The Two Hungry Children Living By Scavenging On A Kathmandu Junkyard

⌻ Photo by Chan Kwok Hung | EPOTY.ORG
This powerful image is of two vulnerable children who live nearby to a junkyard in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Every day they search the junkyard for something useful that they can resell for money so they can buy food. For this heartbreaking iconic photo, the photographer Chan Kwok Hung from Hong Kong won the title of CIWEM Environmental Photographer Of The Year 2011.

2 | A Final Embrace

⌻ Photo Courtesy: Taslima Akhter
April 25, 2013, a garment factory building collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, due to the structural faults, claiming more than a thousand lives. The two victims shown on this iconic photo are amid the rubble of the collapsed building. The lower parts of their bodies were buried under the concrete. The blood from the eyes of the man ran like a tear. This image, while deeply disturbing, is also hauntingly beautiful, which stands perfectly for "The Most Haunting Iconic Photograph From Bangladesh".

3 | Death of Alan Kurdi, Bodrum, Turkey

⌻ Photo Courtesy: Nilufer Demir
This image is of a three-year-old Syrian Refugee after a failed Smuggling, that made global headlines as The Most Heartbreaking Photo in September 2015.

4 | The Nagasaki Brothers

⌻ Photo Courtesy: Joe O’Donnell
Joe O’Donnell, the man who took this famous historic photo at Nagasaki shortly after the bombing. The younger kid in the picture was dead, and the elder boy carried his dead brother to a crematorium, watching him burn but still holds himself from crying.


5 | Protest In Saigon

The Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc set himself on fire on June 11, 1963, as a form of protest against the killings of Buddhists by the South Vietnam government. Thich never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound while in the fire, and he was at the lotus position till his death. [Read]

6 | Terrible Human Being

Turkey was responsible for the 1915 Armenian Genocide. This is a photo of a Turkish official teasing starving Armenian children by showing bread.

7 | The Child Of Bhopal Gas Tragedy

In December 1984, India underwent the most horrible industrial disaster of a poisonous gas leak that is known as the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. It killed several thousand people including this sinless child, photographed as it was being buried; and injured more than half a million.

8 | The "Mass Grave 3" Of Bergen-Belsen

It's a photograph that depicts the unforgettable infamy of Mass Grave 3, one of the Nazis concentration camps where over 50 thousand people were killed. The man standing among the dumped bodies is the camp doctor named Fritz Klein, who was hanged in December 1945 for his cruelty and brutality.

9 | The Agony Of Omayra Sanchez

⌻ Photo Courtesy: Frank Fournier
In 1985, a 13-year-old brave Colombian girl named Omayra Sanchez was trapped up to her waist in a volcanic mudflow. She was mostly alert and was interviewed. Knowing she would die, volunteers and rescuers did their best to comfort her. She died after 60 hours, and her photo became iconic. [Read]

10 | The Final 83 Unbearable Days Of Hisashi Ouchi

Hisashi Ouchi received a fatal radiation dose with a mortality rate considered to be 100%. But he was kept alive in such a horrendous pain for 83 days against his will. [Read]

11 | The Shadows Of Hiroshima

When the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the blast was so intense that the radiation from the explosion created permanently burned shadows of people and objects into the ground and walls.


12 | The Vulture And The Little girl

⌻ Photo Courtesy: Kevin Carter
Taken by the renowned photographer, Kevin Carter, "The vulture and the little girl" is a Pulitzer Winning pathetic photograph of a famine-stricken starving boy – initially believed to be a girl – being preyed upon by a vulture. Kevin Carter committed suicide 3 months after he won the Pulitzer Prize for this unforgettable photograph of a vulture stalking the starving girl, that is said to be the crucial reason behind Carter's tragic death. [Read]
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