I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, Mother, what was war?’ – Eve Merriam, American poet
The world has seen more than its share of wars, and more often than not, the brunt of these is faced by its children. Sweet children, who have no idea why bombs are falling from the skies, or why bullets are blowing in the wind. These iconic images have been taken over the last 100 years and show you exactly why each of us, as citizens of our planet, needs to strive to create a happy home for our children. So that they can have a childhood to remember – not one they struggle to forget.
The death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, a Syrian boy, who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the Syrian refugee crisis. Photographs of his body were taken by Turkish journalist Nilüfer Demir.
Photographer Cai Yang, working for the official Chinese news agency, took this picture of Libyan children playing war games on a street in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.
A Korean girl tiredly makes her way past a stalled tank, with her brother on her back, at Haengju, Korea.
The Pulitzer-winning photograph depicting the 1993 famine of Sudan, taken by journalist Kevin Carter.
Turkish photojournalist Osman Sağırlı took this photograph of four-year-old Hudea at the Atmeh refugee camp in Syria. The little girl raised her hands when he pointed his camera lens at her.
AP photographer Nick Ut’s Pulitzer winning image of a nine-year-old Kim Phuc, running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack.
The children in Gaza who’ve grown to known bombs and shrapnel as the only constant in life
The young boy on the right points to where his bedroom was before a German bomb struck his neighborhood during World War II. His home was completely destroyed. Photo by Central Press/Getty Images
U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds March, an Iraqi child in central Iraq