Last Updated: Sun Jul 31, 2011 18:15 pm (KSA) 15:15 pm (GMT)

Nadia Idriss Mayen: Child with Vulture

“Child with Vulture” was taken in 1993, by South African photographer, Kevin Carter in Southern Sudan.
“Child with Vulture” was taken in 1993, by South African photographer, Kevin Carter in Southern Sudan.

With the media currently focusing on the famine in Somalia, the image of “Child with Vulture” has been republished and talked about all over the news.

What has changed since the photograph was taken?

The Photograph was taken in 1993, by South African photographer, Kevin Carter in Southern Sudan of a little girl resting on her journey, trying to reach a feeding center. Where is this child? What is her name?

Carter, a freelance photographer, won a Pulitzer Prize for that picture, which appeared on the front page of The New York Times. He was a highly-strung, sensitive man. Some months after he received journalism’s highest award, he committed suicide in his native Johannesburg.

Sadly, the conditions of human misery that Kevin Carter captured memorably continue nearly two decades after his death. Millions of people in the “triangle of death” (the area between Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia) are suffering from famine. The world unfortunately has an imbalance distribution food supply. There are countries where restaurants serve a substantial portion of food on a plate that mostly ends in waste. People over-order meals or buy groceries in excess that never get eaten but put to waste. We have millions of people suffering wars, hunger, poverty and more.

This photograph tells us much more than just a “Child with Vulture.” Looking into it there is a sense of coldness, sadness and despair. The girl is struggling to reach the feeding center to get something to eat, and here the vulture is waiting for the fragile child to feed on. The title of this should be the “Vulture makes its return.”

Many of us forget the luxuries and how fortunate we are to even have a roof over our head. We indulge in things that we feel are never enough. Imagine those who never even had a taste of one of those things. There are millions of people that we close our eyes to.

(Nadia Idriss Mayen, Executive Producer of Web TV at Al Arabiya English, can be reached at: nadia.mayen@mbc.net)

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