A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. Our is especially true of the few images on this list that depict stories of pain, bravery, and hope that the photographers themselves experienced and then documented with their cameras.
Be aware that some of the images are unsettling, strong, and eerily alive. At your own peril, scroll below.
The following is a list of 10 horrifying images that horrified the globe.
1. Kosovo Refugees
Carol Guzy was the photographer.
Carol Guzy won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for her heartfelt images of the Kosovo refugees. In this specific image, a 2-year-old refugee boy named Agim Shala was being handed over to his family on the other side of the barb-wire barrier. Guzy, who is presently employed for the Washington Post and has four Pulitzer Prizes,
2. War Underfoot
Carolyn Cole was the photographer.
The image, which has a very fitting title, undoubtedly conveys a thousand words. It is similar to the devastation caused during the Liberian Civil War. The image was captured on the streets of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. For her coverage of the Monrovia siege, Cole was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. For the record, the Los Angeles Times staff photographer is Carolyn Cole.
3. World Trade Center 9/11
Steve Ludlum was the photographer.
This image is a historical eyewitness. It portrays the potential for global devastation. It’s an iconic image, according to Ludlum. This image will be in people’s minds when they consider the World Trade Center tragedy. Ludlum received the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography in 2002.
4. Thailand Massacre
Image by Neal Ulevich
American photographer Neal Ulevich received a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for his images of “disorder and cruelty on the streets of Bangkok.” As Thailand’s political situation deteriorated, there was a violent conflict at The Thammasat University in 1976. Several students were shot, assaulted, hung, disfigured, and even burned to death while protesting against autocratic Field Marshall Thanom Kittikachorn’s desire to enter the country.
5. After the Storm
Image by Patrick Farrell
Farrell documented the atrocities that Haiti’s hurricane Hanna victims went through in 2008. He captured the subsequent calculations in black-and-white stills, which you can view more of here. In 2009, he received a Pulitzer Prize. A small child may be seen in the image above saving a stroller from his home’s devastation.
6. The Power of One
Oded Balilty was the photographer.
Israeli documentarian photographer Oded Balilty. A violent confrontation was unavoidable when the Israeli authorities sought to evict illegal residents in 2006. Ynet Nili, a courageous 16-year-old Jewish settler, is what we have here, defying the government. “You see me in the image, one against many, but it is merely an illusion,” Nili had later remarked. “Behind the many stands one man, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, but behind me stand the Lord and the people of Israel.”
7. After the Tsunami
Arko Datta was the photographer.
Unsettling Images Recounting Disaster Tales
This is regarded as one of the most spectacular depictions of the destruction left in the aftermath of the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean. Award-winning Indian photojournalist Arko Datta is known for his images of the Gujarat riots, which show the suffering of the victims of the violence. A lady is shown grieving the loss of a relative in the “graphic, historical, and sharply emotive painting” “After the Tsunami.”
8. Operation Lion Heart
Image by Deanne Fitzmaurice
Fitzmaurice, an American photojournalist and photographer, earned the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for her delicate photo essay “Operation Lion Heart” in 2005. Saleh Khalaf, a nine-year-old child injured in an explosion in Iraq, is known as “Lion Heart.” The youngster endured numerous potentially fatal surgery after being taken to a hospital in Oakland, California. His tenacity and reluctance to die earned him the moniker Saleh Khalaf, which translates to “Lion Heart.”
9. Bhopal Gas Tragedy 1984
Artist: Pablo Bartholomew
Unsettling Images Recounting Disaster Tales
Up to 15,000 people may have died and 558,125 were wounded when gas leaked from a storage tank owned by Union Carbide India Limited in Bhopal in December 1984. This significant environmental and human catastrophe was brought about by a lack of knowledge of basic maintenance and safety measures. While recording the disaster, Bartholomew came upon a father who was burying a kid.
10. Tragedy of Omayra Sanchez
Frank Fourier was the photographer.
Death of Omayra Sanchez tragedy (Frank Fourier)
The Nevado del Ruiz volcanic eruption in 1985 in Columbia caused a mudslide that claimed the lives of over 25,000 people. The heartbreaking photograph of Omayra Sanchez, a 13-year-old girl stranded for 60 hours under the rubble of her house, was taken by Frank Fournier and received the 1985 World Press Photo prize.
In regards to the little girl’s fate, she unfortunately perished after three days of battle that were watched on television by millions of people all over the world due to hypothermia and gangrene. Major criticism of the Columbian government’s decision to launch a feeble rescue operation resulted from this.