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The Vulture and the Child

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The Vulture and the Child

This award winning photograph was taken by Kevin Carter in 1993 in the African country of Sudan. Carter won a Pulitzer Prize for this picture in March 1994 (Long). This picture shows a famine stricken child crawling towards a UN food camp which was situated nearly a kilometer away. This picture was first published on the front page of The New York Times on March 23, 1993; followed by Mail & Guardian, a Johannesburg weekly. Later, it was published in the National Geographic and TIME magazines. The picture created such a great impact that every possible media displayed it. This photograph intends to grab the attention of the entire world as a community striving to improve the quality of life. Considering the fact that this picture was published in major newspapers around the globe, the target audience is the general public of the world.

Sudan is one of the poorest countries in the continent of Africa. Political instability in Sudan continued to bring famine, pestilence and death to the 3.5 million people who lived in that region. The violations of the rules of war committed by the government and the SPLA(Sudan People’s Liberation Army) factions were a direct and important cause of food shortages and deaths. The U.N. estimated that as many as 800,000 people were in immediate need of international food relief while another 700,000 needed non-food assistance as seeds, farming tools, etc just to feed the population of Sudan(Human Rights Watch). The country was in shambles with international trade deficits rising and constant famines making it nearly impossible to grow any food. This photograph was taken by Kevin Carter when the country was going through such a devastating crisis.


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