Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Everybody is a VIP to Somebody

I saw this photograph on El Blogador.

The impact of the photo is not immediate. At first glance, it is a coffin being carried. Then framed between two pallbearers, there is the face of a little boy. His anguish and devastation an absolute contrast to the stoicism of the men.

Watching the news, it would seem that life is very cheap. Today saw corpses being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu and burned. In the past four days, at least 174 people have died in three separate accidents in Russia, all of which can be largely attributed to putting financial profit before human safety. Everyday, people are killed in Iraq in a violence so incessant, you wonder if some cities will soon have no one left alive. These are just examples.

There are many people experiencing the same pain as this little boy every day. Life may be cheap, but the cost of killing is incalculable

The photograph was taken by Alan Lewis at the funeral of an RUC officer killed in 1997.
It is part of the "Out of the Darkness" exhibition currently on show at the Ormeau Baths Gallery in Belfast.
For more pictures from the exhibition click here.


Abu Sinan said...

I am not a fan of the RUC, I have had more than my fair sharing of dealings with them and the Special Branch, but this picture is too much.

No child deserves to be put through that, attending the funeral of a parent cut down by violence.

I saw this same picture on the BBC. It made me think of myself and my children. I would never wish that on anyone.

Safiya said...

To be honest, the fact that it's an RUC funeral is irrelevant, it could have been a civilian funeral or a paramilitary funeral, there would have been children crying at it in exactly the same way.

In more positve Norn Iron news, have you heard about the election of Anna Lo, the first politician from an ethnic minority to be elected to Stormont. This is very good news. I know from personal experience that some parts of the porvince are still in the dark ages when it comes to racial equality, so this really is a big step forward.

Alina said...

Losses are inevitable, they happen everyday out of many reasons. So why do we try so hard to contribute. No child should ever face such painful situations.

Manal said...

That boy made me feel so sad. He is a maskeen wallah. It is always very hard when you lose a loved one; especially a parent leaving behind young children.:( Sad!

Baraka said...

Salaam Safiya,

That's such a sad, striking image - and a good reminder that every person has a family who cares about them.