Time has a way of turning some of the most life changing moments the world has ever known into memories through photos. While some may not agree with reliving those times through images, maybe it’s a good thing that people have reminders that, even though it was a bad day or moment in time, people stood together and overcame all major obstacles, no matter where they were in the world. It really is all about perspective, and everyone knows it’s easier to get caught up in thesadness and negativity, but by turning tragedy into triumph, it boosts the morale of a nation that proves can never be broken.
Below are 9 of the most impacting and powerful images that captured extremely hard times the people of the world have gone through in the 21st century. Before scrolling down, view at your discretion and be aware that some photos are graphic and may be unsuitable for children.
A photo of the entire cabin and crew disembarking the US Airways flight that landed in the Hudson River after engine failure due to bird strikes. There were no major injuries or deaths.
An 8-year-old Syrian boy is photoed smoking a cigarette and holding an AK-47. This child doesn’t even know what it’s like to be a kid.
A boy in Brazil crying and playing the violin, honoring his teacher who died, at her funeral. The teacher helped the young boy free himself from poverty.
Views From Space
Tracy Caldwell is captured in the international space station, gazing at the earth, on cloud 9.
A police officer is photographed spraying all of the Occupy protestors at the University of California. Cops always held bad reputations.
Lets Talk About Sex
Indonesian men witnessing how to put on a condom for the first time. What a rare and unusual siting for them.
“The Falling Man”
One of the most powerful and legendary photos in the world captures a man falling to his death after the attacks on9/11. RIP.
This is the photo that caught the first wave of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as it hit land.
This was the moment rescuers saved a trapped 7-year-old Kiki from the earthquake ruins and damage in Haiti.