Remembering The Tragedy Of Sudan Famine 1993

Remembering The Tragedy Of Sudan Famine 1993

The Sudan famine which took place in 1993 is one of the worst calamities to befall the nation – a famine that wreaked havoc and left its people in utter desperation. The Sudan famine is purported to have been caused by civil and political unrest. It is estimated that about 800,000 people required food assistance and about 1.5 million people needed some other form of assistance.

Below are some horrific images from the Sudan famine:

Sudan famine

In the picture above, a vulture patiently waits for a starving little girl to die so that it can feast. This picture was taken by Kevin Carter, a photojournalist from South Africa who won a Pulitzer Prize for this photograph. He committed suicide shortly after at the age of 33 years due to the depression he suffered from taking such photos.

The New York Times published an editor’s note describing what they knew of the situation. It states that ” the photographer reports that she recovered enough to resume her trek after the vulture was chased away. It is not known whether she reached the [feeding] center.” This statement was a response to an outcry from the public who wanted to know what happened to the little girl after the picture was taken.

Sudan famine
The desperation of a starving boy
A man uses the lid of a rubbish bin as a shield whiles Kevin Carter looks on as photojournalist Guy Adams takes this shot
Sudan famine
A man collecting firewood passes by an emaciated child
Sudan famine
A starving man at the Feeding Center
Sudan famine
Famine victim taking a bath
A prison in Sudan
Sudan famine
A man steals a bag of maize from a starving boy at the Feeding Center as photographed by Tom Stoddart

We must not forget our history, neither should we put incompetent people in power who will keep us in cycles of poverty, hunger and destruction. For throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

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