Through the lens we see how powerful small moments of humanity truly are. To honour this year’s International Day of Peace, we have picked out 8 of the most striking images that made the world stop and take notice. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” Below you will find images that reflect this message.
1. Newsboys Strike of 1899
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The Newsboys Strike was a youth-led campaign for higher wages for the deplorably treated newspaper boys of New York City. The strike was a notable early moment in the child labour movement. An estimated 10,000 newsboys worked the streets of New York City. Publishers wouldn’t buy back-unsold copies of their papers, which made it tough for a kid to earn a profit. After a few weeks of intense media coverage in other New York City papers, the publishers scaled back the price hike.
2. Flower Power
Photo Credit: Avalon Project
This image of 17-year-old Jan Rose Kasmir placing a flower into the bayonet of a soldier, would go on to become one of the defining images of anti-war and pacifism. On October 21st 1967, the first major antiwar demonstration in history, when around 100.000 people headed for the Pentagon in Washington to demand an end to the Vietnam War and the return of U.S. troops home.
3. Tank Man at Tiananmen Square
Photo Credit: Associated Press
This iconic photograph depicts a Chinese man standing alone in front of a line of tanks heading from Tiananmen Square to Beijing. This happened a day after the Chinese military killed hundreds of demonstrators in 1989. The deployment of 200,000 troops to forcefully evict the protesters resulted in great bloodshed and is now known as the Tiananmen Square massacre.
4. Brothers In Arms
Photo Credit: Nevine Zaki
A striking photo of unity emerged from the chaos in Egypt back in 2011 as Christian protesters stood together to protect Muslims as they prayed. A group of Christians joined hands and faced out surrounding hundreds of Muslims protesters left vulnerable as they knelt in prayer.
5. Time Stood Still
Photo Credit: RICH LAM
Surrounded by riot police in the streets of Vancouver, Canada, a couple kisses in the midst of violence. Vancouver broke out in riots after their hockey team the Vancouver Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.
6. You Shall Not Pass
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Alberto Casillas, became a national celebrity in Spain back in 2012 when he protected a group of youths who were protesting against the government’s austerity measures. The police were beating and attacking protestors who then ran into Casillas’s cafe for protection. When the police demanded he let them enter, he stood against them, with absolutely no weapons or way to defend himself and said, ”On my Life, you will not enter! It will be a massacre.”
7. School Walk
Photo Credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE
An Iraqi policeman holds a young girl’s hand near the entrance to a school on the first day of the new semester in Baghdad on October 22, 2014. Many of the young girls were stopped from attending school after the militants overran Mosul in June 2014. Girls in conflict-affected settings are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys
8. No More, Please
Photo Credit: BULENT KILIC
Migrants and refugees clash with riot police during a protest to call for the reopening of the borders at their makeshift camp in the northern border village of Idomeni, in Greece on April 7, 2016. An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.