The silence is saying a thousand words

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Anjali Ghosh, EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


The silence is saying a thousand words

We all have seen three year old Alan kurdi lying face down on the Turkish beach lifeless and the world around us stops moving. Reportedly Kurdi’s family was trying to reach Canada as part of the Syrian refugee crisis when their boat capsized about five minutes after leaving a beach at Bodrum in Turkey. But did this little boy had done any crime for which he had to get drowned in the Mediterranean.

Nilufer Demir from Turkish press agency , DHA had clicked the image which spread out the silent cry of Alan all over the world.

It reminded me of the blank vision of that lifeless boy who fell victim of Bhopal Tragedy on 4th December, 1984. Only his face was visible among the debris generated out of the man-made industrial disaster which not only claimed thousands of life but brought curse to the future generation.

Publo Barthmeuth clicked the picture in colour whereas the black and white version was clicked by our own Raghu Rai.

It is often a point of debate for photo journalists who take a snap of the agony faced by human in different circumstances and they are judged for the lack of humanitarian empathy towards their subject. But we also have to keep in mind that these iconic photographs which hit our senses so hard which most probably a thousand words fails to create. It’s an irresistible mode of communication which freezes the moments to posterity which is bound to touch your heart and compels your brain to react and say No to all such evils.


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