The majority of archaeologists estimate that modern humans have been on the Earth for about 200,000 years.
For the past few hundred centuries, modern civilization has seen countless tragedies and atrocities. It’s hard to imagine just what horrors people had to experience in their lives… until we developed the technology to record images and video.
Now we know about some of the terrible things that have happened all over the world (and are still happening). These disturbing photos show us just how awful things have been for people. It doesn’t matter their age, creed, race or religion… this will make you feel.
1. The Spanish Flu Outbreak
The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed approximately 100 million people worldwide.This disturbing photo, although seemingly “normal,” shows just how frightened people were of the illness. They attempted to live their daily lives… but with serious precautions.
2. The Atlantic Slave Trade
This photo was taken aboard a British vessel, the HMS Daphne (11/01/1868). These child slaves had just been rescued from the trade.
3. Crying Boy Soldier
This 16-year-old boy is Hans-Georg Henke, a member of the Hitler Youth. This was taken the day before Germany’s surrender; he was overcome with desperation and fear.
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4. Madame Tussaud’s Wax Mannequins After Fire
Disturbing photos of mannequins that were damaged by a fire at Madam Tussaud’s famous Wax Museum in London in 1930.
5. A Berlin Wall Rescue
This German soldier from the East knew he shouldn’t let this child across the Berlin Wall, but he was separated from his parents. So, the guard lifts him across the barbed wire anyway, on the lookout for anyone who may catch him.
6. American Hiroshima Bombings
When Americans dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, victims instantly vaporized where they stood, and the intensity of the nuclear blast left their permanent shadows behind.
7. William Saunders’s Photographs:
This British photographer went to China and staged the above image of a fake beheading… encouraging the military to take over China and “civilize” its people.
8. Starving Mongolian Woman
This was published in National Geographic in 1913 by Stefan Passe. Mongolia was newly independent. A common punishment for criminals was being placed in a box like this in public… possibly until starvation.
9. The Holodomor
This Ukranian famine was one of the worst in history. It was a man-made event and recognized as a genocide of millions (comparable to the Holocaust). This is Kharkiv in 1933. Corpses lie in the street, while passersby just go about their day.
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10. Keith Sapsford (1970)
The young Australian was only 14 years-old when he hid in the wheel of a Japan Air Lines bound to Tokyo after being in Sydney. While the plane took off, an amateur photographer “unwittingly” snapped the teen as he plunged 200-feet to his death