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Real-life Grave of the Fireflies: (Photo) Stoic Japanese orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, by Joe O’Donnell 1945
This photograph was taken by an American photojournalist, Joe O’Donnell, in Nagasaki in 1945.
He recently spoke to a Japanese interviewer about this picture:
“I saw a boy about ten years old walking by. He was carrying a baby on his back. In those days in Japan, we often saw children playing with their little brothers or sisters on their backs, but this boy was clearly different. I could see that he had come to this place for a serious reason. He was wearing no shoes. His face was hard. The little head was tipped back as if the baby were fast asleep.
“The boy stood there for five or ten minutes. The men in white masks walked over to him and quietly began to take off the rope that was holding the baby. That is when I saw that the baby was already dead. The men held the body by the hands and feet and placed it on the fire.
“The boy stood there straight without moving, watching the flames. He was biting his lower lip so hard that it shone with blood. The flame burned low like the sun going down. The boy turned around and walked silently away.”

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Real-life Grave of the Fireflies: (Photo) Stoic Japanese orphan, standing at attention having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre, Nagasaki, by Joe O’Donnell 1945

This photograph was taken by an American photojournalist, Joe O’Donnell, in Nagasaki in 1945.

He recently spoke to a Japanese interviewer about this picture:

“I saw a boy about ten years old walking by. He was carrying a baby on his back. In those days in Japan, we often saw children playing with their little brothers or sisters on their backs, but this boy was clearly different. I could see that he had come to this place for a serious reason. He was wearing no shoes. His face was hard. The little head was tipped back as if the baby were fast asleep.

“The boy stood there for five or ten minutes. The men in white masks walked over to him and quietly began to take off the rope that was holding the baby. That is when I saw that the baby was already dead. The men held the body by the hands and feet and placed it on the fire.

“The boy stood there straight without moving, watching the flames. He was biting his lower lip so hard that it shone with blood. The flame burned low like the sun going down. The boy turned around and walked silently away.”

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A former Taliban fighter participated in a ceremony in Herat province on Monday, after joining Afghan government forces. Twelve fighters left the Taliban to join government forces in western Afghanistan.

A former Taliban fighter participated in a ceremony in Herat province on Monday, after joining Afghan government forces. Twelve fighters left the Taliban to join government forces in western Afghanistan.

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A boy working at a landfill searched for recyclable goods on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar.

A boy working at a landfill searched for recyclable goods on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar.

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Goldsmiths crafted gold ornaments at a workshop in Kolkata.

Goldsmiths crafted gold ornaments at a workshop in Kolkata.

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A girl walked with her pet monkey on a promenade along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai.

A girl walked with her pet monkey on a promenade along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai.

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“For 62 years, in what is now the world’s longest ongoing conflict, the ill-fed and ill-equipped people of Karen State, (locally called Kawtoolie), Burma have been fighting for an independent homeland against the ruling Burmese military government. The junta has been applying a brutal, systematic policy of murder, rape, forced labor and wholesale destruction of Karan villages. Working on assignment in Karan State for Men’s Journal in November 2010, I was enamored by the calm resilience of the Karen people, both soldiers and civilians, who all seem to possess a quiet determination, backed by their motto ‘never surrender.’ I decided to return in February 2011, to bring the face of the Karen people, and their highly under-reported struggle to survive against the brutal junta, to a greater audience in the hopes of affecting some positive change.” – Jason Florio

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Villagers smeared themselves with color during the Lathmar Holi festival  in Barsana, India, Friday. During the festival, the women of Barsana,  the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of the Hindu god Krishna,  attack the men from Nandgaon, the legendary hometown of Krishna, with  wooden sticks when the men try to put color on them.

Villagers smeared themselves with color during the Lathmar Holi festival in Barsana, India, Friday. During the festival, the women of Barsana, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of the Hindu god Krishna, attack the men from Nandgaon, the legendary hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks when the men try to put color on them.

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A man competed in the United Nations-sponsored Gaza Marathon Thursday.  Some 2,200 children and 300 adults traversed the Gaza Strip north to  south. The children ran segments of one kilometer (0.6 miles), while  some of the adults ran full marathons, a spokesman said.

A man competed in the United Nations-sponsored Gaza Marathon Thursday. Some 2,200 children and 300 adults traversed the Gaza Strip north to south. The children ran segments of one kilometer (0.6 miles), while some of the adults ran full marathons, a spokesman said.

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A woman walked past a building decorated with a pair of eyes in Sevastopol, Ukraine.

A woman walked past a building decorated with a pair of eyes in Sevastopol, Ukraine.

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A girl posed in front of newly built houses in Cité Soleil, Haiti,  Monday. President Michel Martelly unveiled houses built with the support  of Inter-American Development Bank.

A girl posed in front of newly built houses in Cité Soleil, Haiti, Monday. President Michel Martelly unveiled houses built with the support of Inter-American Development Bank.

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Mofeed Jarar, right, gathered recyclable bottles from a dump site in Kfar Rai, West Bank.

Mofeed Jarar, right, gathered recyclable bottles from a dump site in Kfar Rai, West Bank.

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Dongria Kondh tribal girls watched sacrifice rituals during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh, India.

Dongria Kondh tribal girls watched sacrifice rituals during the annual festival of Niyam Raja in Lanjigarh, India.

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