Powerful Photos That Will Change The Way You See The World.

Some pictures are so strongly expressive that their story stays alive for years and does not fade. I hit upon this phenomenon recently while I was looking through some historic photographs from the last decades. I couldn't help collecting a few of them for you, so please take a look yourself:


Kyle Hockenberry: The Man Who Lived Up To His Tattoo

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Private First Class Kyle Hockenberry's military tattoo proved to be more true than most out there. While on a mission with his team -- 1st Infantry Division – on June 15th in Afghanistan, an explosive went off, taking both of Kyle's legs and his right arm.

He had joined the military after being out of high school for just four months and was shipped overseas not much longer after that out of Fort Riley, Kansas. Against all odds, Kyle is still going strong. The doctors managed to keep his tattoo intact through all of the reconstructive surgeries.

Terri Gurrola Is Tearfully Reunited With Her Daughter

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In 2007, Terri Gurrola was forced to face her worst fear – leaving her 2-year-old daughter behind to go fight in Iraq. After seven long months, Terri was reunited with her daughter, who she feared might forget who she was. To her great happiness, her daughter didn't forget who she was. All she would say was, "Mommy, I missed you!" over and over again.

Everyone in the airport, men included, as Terri reported, broke out in tears seeing the mother and her daughter reunited. Terri now has a son and lives with them in North Korea where she is still a medical doctor in the military.

The Day The German's Tactics Were Foiled

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The Battle of Kursk was a battle that occurred during the second World War between German and Soviet forces in July and August of 1943. During this battle, the Germans hoped to be able to weaken the Soviets by taking out large numbers of their men. They also hoped they could capture many of the Soviet men to use as slaves.

The Soviets, however, knew about the plans months before it was put into play, thanks to the British allies. They were able to put together barricades, minefields, firing zones, and more. In the end, the Battle of Kursk became the first battle the Germans had their tactics foiled.

The Wife Of The Late Lt. James Cathey Sleeps With Him One Last Time

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Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps was killed while on a tour in Iraq. He had only been there for a month when an explosive took his life. His wife, Katherine Cathey, who was pregnant when he died, laid by his side one last time before his funeral

Other marines set up a bed for Katherine around her late husband's casket so she could rest in peace. Before she laid to sleep, she played songs that reminded her of him. The marines guarded her during the entire night, per her request. She felt her husband would have preferred it that way.

The Truth Behind Hijabs

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Hijabs are worn by many Indian women as a symbol of modesty and privacy. They come in a multitude of colors, oftentimes very bright and sometimes even with jewels. They are generally worn around men who are not in the immediate family and are used to cover the neck, head, and parts of the face to maintain modesty.

The term means "screen," or "curtain." Generally, the women wearing these head scarves do so out of their own desire, though others feel forced into it because of religion – there are all kinds of different views on the wearing of such.

Afghanistan Is Finally Working To Fix Their Polio Problem

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An Afghani woman holds her child up during a vaccination campaign in Kabul. The Ministry of Public Health, alongside UNICEF and WHO (the World Health Organization) worked together to launch a vaccine campaign to ensure every child under the age of 5 in Afghanistan was vaccinated for Polio.

The campaign lasted for four days and aimed to vaccinate 9.5 million children, including those without homes. Polio is a crippling disease that many young people cannot live through. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries who still have an issue with Polio, but thankfully they are finally fighting against it.

The Horrors Of The Kosovo And The Story Of A Boy Who Made It Out Alivee

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The Kosovo War was a year-long war. During that time, concentration camps were put together. The KLA abducted women, children, and even men from villages throughout Serbia. One of the abducted children was 2-year-old Agim Shala, who was eventually rescued by his grandparents. Many of the other abducted children did not make it out of the camps alive.

The people who were stuck in the camps were interrogated, tortured, and left to die. Some people were even said to have had their organs removed there. Only the extremely strong were able to power through what went on there.

The Horrific Reaction Of A Man Who Just Learned His Brother Had Been Killed

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In San Jose, California, a young teen is killed just after school let out. He was stabbed to death – the second teen to be stabbed in two weeks in the area. Medical staff arrived to give him CPR, but failed to save his life.

Sgt. Rick Delisser is assigned the duty of watching over the dead teen's older brother, who is in heretics after learning his brother has been murdered. "That's my little baby brother. He has a father; he has a mother. I helped raise him," he screamed to officers at the surrounding scene.

Mount Hagen Cultural Show: Sharing Traditions

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Sing-sing, a celebration in Papua New Guinea, is the gathering of tribes where a variety of cultures show off their dance, music, and traditions to others. It is also known as the Mount Hagen Cultural Show, which is world renowned. People gather together to share traditions in a peaceful manner, without overstepping boundaries of other tribes.

The celebrations happen on Mount Hagen, which is the third largest city in Papua New Guinea. It has a population of over 46,000 people – many of which join in on the traditional celebrations that happen on the mountain.

Doting Fathers Have The Opportunity To Finally Marry In Minnesota

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Two loving fathers celebrate the day they can marry with their two daughters, thanks to opportunity given by the state of Minnesota after legalizing gay marriage. The state first started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on August 1st of 2013 after voters voted against banning it in November of 2012.

Minnesota became the second state in the Midwest to do this, next to Iowa. During the first month of legalized gay marriage in Minnesota, at least 1,600 gay couples married, which accounted for a third of all marriages during that time period.

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