Humans or Homo sapiens in biological terminology appeared on the earth around 200000 years ago. From then we have continuously been evolving with our ways and methods of leading life. From then, humans have gone through various atrocities and tragedies. Even trying to imagine horrors people faced gives us nightmares. From the past hundred years, all thanks to the evolution of technology, we have been able to capture some of the horrifying visuals and presenting them to the future generations. These show human suffering, and irrespective of your caste, religion, gender, race, creed, you will feel the universal pain of human suffering. So, here these are:
1. Outbreak of Spanish flu:
This picture shows the human suffering during the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918. The suffering of the people just makes you feel terrible. It killed around 100 million people. This picture shows how frightened people are of the disease, and are thus wearing masks to carrying out daily activities.
2. Slave trade in the Atlantic:
3. Crying boy soldier:
4. Madame Tussauds’ wax mannequins post-fire:
5. A Berlin Wall rescue:
A German soldier from the East, though knowing that he is not supposed to do so, picked up a child separated from his parents through the barbed wire fence. Though he feared that someone might see him, he believed in the cause of humanity and united the child with his parents.
6. Hiroshima bombings:
These bombings are perhaps one of the worst attacks, massacring millions of innocent people. They are associated with a lot of pain and suffering and show how futile and ravaging war is. This picture shows the permanent shadow of a man who died during the attack. The victims immediately vaporized. Thinking about the people’s sufferings gives Goosebumps.
7. William Saunders’ Photographs:
8. Starving Mongolian woman:
Stefan Passe published this in the National Geographic in 1913. Mongols, despite their unmatched achievements, have been looked down upon by the whole world, and this picture is a proof of this fact, where a Mongolian woman is shown starving. This was a common punishment for criminals.
9. The Holodomor:
This man-made famine in Ukraine is actually one of the worst in history. Some even call it a genocide of millions. This picture shows Kharkov in 1933, which was absolutely ravaged by the famine. Unnoticed corpses lay across the street, while people still passed by.
10. Australian boy jumps off a plane:
11. Makeshift Morgue:
This photo, which won the first prize in General News Photos and Worldwide Best Photos awards in 2011, is indeed quite disturbing. This shows a man throwing a dead child into a makeshift Morgue in Haiti on Jan 15, 2010.
12. Famine and photojournalism:
14. Painful Ling Chi execution:
15. Concentration camp mass graves:
The Nazi genocide of Jews is one of the worst genocides the world has seen. This picture shows hundreds of dead bodies piled up at a concentration camp. It is indeed very heartbreaking and thinking about the atrocities the Jews faced gives nightmares.