Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for this photo taken during the Sudan famine. In 1994, he committed suicide.
“I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain, of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners.” - Kevin Carter, from suicide note
This particular picture depicts a starving child crawling desperately towards the United Nations Food camp, as a vulture stalks nearby. Carter's duty as a photographic journalist was to remain separate from the story; he never intervened for this child. But critics claim he shirked basic human kindness by seeing the desperate need of this young one, snapping a picture, and walking away.
|Kevin Carter, via|
Carter died under a weight of hopelessness.
Carter wielded the camera, but we view the photos. We watch the news. We hear the statistics. We are therefore witnesses to a thousand needs and atrocities around the world. News and social media grant us awareness; we choose our response. We have a choice: to see, yet remain separate from the various tragedies around our globe... or to act as fountains pouring out God's love.
For Christians, there is always hope, even in the most desperate of situations.
Hopeless situations are ripe for God to redeem. Will we take part?
Will we hoard our hope? our witness? our resources? our love?
“Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help.
If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,” [i.e. "that's not for me"]
will that get you off the hook?
Someone is watching you closely, you know—
Someone not impressed with weak excuses.”
“Once our eyes are opened
we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls,
knows that we know
and holds us responsible to act.”
- Proverbs 24:12