Every day, we go on with our lives and follow our daily routines. We wake up, go to work, go home, sit for a couple of movies, watch the news, spend the rest of the day having some fun. We do this for the whole week, whole month, the whole year, and for the rest of our lives.
Even after watching the news or traveling to a foreign country for a vacation, we sometimes forget that there are many things going on the world. Because we are busy with our small world, we often do not see the beautiful and horrifying, the amazing and sorrowful, positive and negative things that are happening around us.
Here are some images that illustrate twenty-eight amazing and shocking moments that capture the essence of humanity.
Iowa couple of 72 years finally gets married.
After being together for seventy-two years, Alice Dubes and Vivian Boyack finally got married last year. The couple have been together since their first meeting in college in 1942. They never announced their relationship in public because same-sex relationship and marriage was a taboo back then. When Iowa became the fourth state to make same sex marriage legal in 2009, the two sweethearts were finally able to wed in a beautiful and touching ceremony.
A monk and his brother
This photo of brothers was taken in Bagan, Myanmar. The photograph is a perfect example of a cultural clash.
An 18-year-old IDF soldier
This photo was taken by Sgt. Asher Svidensky. The subject of the image is an 18-year-old female soldier. The soldier was taking her rest after a military exercise. Because of the emotion showed in the image, it went on to become the promotional photograph for the women’s freedom and responsibility exhibition.
Two -year-old offering food to her handicapped mom.
This photo shows a two-year-old boy feeding his handicapped mother. The scene is very emotional and shows how important family is.
“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.” —George S. McGovern
Sometimes we forget that soldiers are humans too. They too have hearts that feel. This picture perfectly captures that.
Tea time on the Yamal Peninsula
Northwest Siberia is one of the world’s most underdeveloped places. The place lacks necessities such as running water and electricity. Hot tea serves as the comfort against the Siberian cold during the winter.
Ethiopian girl from the Hamer tribe
Southwestern Ethiopia is the home of over 46,000 Hamer tribesmen.
A Hamer tribe tradition called the bull jumping ceremony involves young men trying to jump over a line of more than ten bulls. The one who succeeds in this event gets accepted into the higher ranks of the Maza. This event also attracts many tourists from all over the world.
Yazidi girl carries an assault rifle to protect her family against ISIS.
To protect themselves from the ISIS militants, the Yazidi people, including the women and children, are arming themselves.
Blind albino boys at a mission school for the blind in West Bengal, India, 2013.
There are very few schools for the blind in India. The picture shows five albino blind boys at the Vivekananda Mission School for the Blind in West Bengal.
A mother and her 3-year-old daughter who are victims of an acid attack.
When Somayeh Mehri asked her husband for divorce, this didn’t sell well with him. One night, while Somayeh and her young daughter were fast asleep, Amir poured acid on them. The mother and daughter suffered burns all over their bodies. It left them with both physical and physiological injuries. Somayeh’s father sold his land to raise funds to finance their medical expenses.
The image shows a tender moment between Somayeh, 27, and her 3-year-old daughter, Rana Afghanipour.
A farmer with his son who just graduated.
According to various sources, the father worked hard as a farmer to support his son’s and other children’s education. The son in this photo has just graduated from Ratchpatr University in Thailand. This image shows how parents would sacrifice everything so that their children can have better future.
The picture shows a very young mother and her child. Young girls are often married to older men in Afghanistan, a convention that also often happens in other parts of the world.
Alcoholic father with his son
This gut-wrenching photo shows a young boy trying his best to help his drunk father up. This shows that alcoholism is really a big problem.
Thirteen-year-old eagle huntress Ashol Pan in Mongolia
There are still a few eagle hunters living in some remote parts of Mongolia. The unique job is passed down from generation to generation. The young hunters must tame their own eagles that they will use to hunt small animals like rabbits and foxes. And this image shows a 13-year-old girl learning the ancient craft of eagle hunting.
Rice farmer in small village in Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the world’s largest rice producers. Many, if not most, of Vietnamese farmers plant and grow rice for a living. The Mekong Delta in Vietnam encompass twelve provinces and 17 million residents. An estimated 80 percent of them are involved in rice production.
Seven-year-old Syrian rebel
For over three years now, Syrian rebels have been fighting to overthrow Pres. Bashar al-Assad. Children are employed by rebels to transport guns and supplies. These children never experienced childhood like a normal kid should. They were forced to join the rebel forces or face fatal consequences.
A boy rescues his sister from underneath the rubble of their home in Syria.
As Syrian military forces and the rebel forces continue to fight, more and more civilians are caught in the middle. This boy’s home was hit by a bomb. He dug through the rubble and miraculously found, then rescued his sister. Both of them survived the attack with only small injuries.
A boy of the nomadic Suri tribe of Ethiopia in traditional face/body paint and attire.
A young Suri proudly shows off his tribe’s traditional body paint. The tribe lives in the southwest part of Ethiopia. It is the custom of the group for young boys and men to cover their bodies and faces with paint made of a mixture of soil, herbs, and plants. The tribe’s women, on the other hand, will remove their bottom teeth and put large plates in their lips.
A Yazidi girl rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border.
The Kurdish Yazidi sect has been targeted by the ISIS just because of their religion. This poor girl and her family have to leave their home to flee from the violent and barbaric ISIS who are hunting them.
Toshimana, an apprentice Maiko in Kyoto
This image shows Toshimana, a maiko in Kyoto, Japan. A maiko provides entertainment for people during celebrations and gatherings. They dance, sing, and play a three-stringed Japanese instrument called samisen. Before, for 300 years, a maiko will only serve tea and dango to people who visit the Kyoto shrines, but later on, they started to perform songs and dances.
The face of a Chinese coal miner
In the world, China is known to be the biggest producer and consumer of coal.
Public bus passengers rescues a woman who tries to take her own life.
This Chinese woman tried to commit suicide while riding a public bus. The woman slit her wrist with a knife. Luckily, passengers noticed what happened and quickly came to her aid. They applied first aid and notified the police. The woman’s life was saved, and she was brought to a nearby hospital.
Mother and daughter
There are so many things that we inherit from our parents. This picture is an example of that. Both mother and daughter have the same eyes. One eye is dark brown while the other is blue. This is scientifically coined as heterochromia iridium.
Taking a break at Burning Man
The Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada is the host of the annual Burning Man Festival. This young woman is one of the thousands of attendees who came to the desert in the last week of August.
Thousands of creative individuals come to the desert to express themselves through various forms of art.
A Palestinian girl with an AK-47 in Gaza City
The Istrael-Palestine conflict has been an ongoing dispute for a couple of decades. The two nations share the same land but have different beliefs, sparking a conflict. This picture shows the typical childhood in the war-torn Palestine.
Malagasy girl walks among the Baobab trees.
Madagascar is home to some of nature’s most unique and rare trees. This image shows a young Malagasy girl surrounded by the sacred forest of Baobab trees. The trees are said to be over a thousand years old. The tree is considered the “tree of life” by the Malagasy tribe because it provides shelter, food, and water for both animals and men.
Three-week-old albino baby
This image shows Basunga, a three-week-old baby born with albinism, with his cousin. Basunga lives Kinshasa, Congo, and will likely face some difficulties when he grows older simply because of his skin color.
This girl survived twelve days in Siberian Forest with only her dog as her aid.
Three-year-old Karina Chikitova was dubbed Mowgli for a certain reason. The young girl followed her father into the forest without his knowledge. She ended up getting lost. Her mother realized that her daughter was missing after four days. Luckily for Chikitova, her dog followed her the whole time. Her dog protected her from wild animals and kept her warm at night. The girl was finally rescued from the Siberian wilderness after twelve days. Chikitova survived by drinking water from the river and eating wild berries.