Yes, these pictures of war victims are shocking

With news and social media, it’s impossible to escape the grieving, real-time footage of the Russian bombs dropped on the innocents of Ukraine.

But when it comes to a “moment” full of the horror of an earthquake, history tells us that nothing can beat the power of a “reportal” photograph.

Can't escape the harrowing footage of Russian bombs falling on Ukraine's innocents - this pregnant mother and her baby in Ukraine are both dead

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Can’t escape the harrowing footage of Russian bombs falling on Ukraine’s innocents – this pregnant mother and her baby in Ukraine are both deadCredit: AP
Who can forget the heartbreaking image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi in 2015

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Who can forget the heartbreaking image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi in 2015Credit: AFP – Getty

Usually, these involve children who are innocent in war. And more often than not, the publication of such a distressing image has fueled debate over whether it should be used, for fear of offending viewers.

But as news photographer Christoph Bangert put it: “How can we refuse to acknowledge a mere representation – a photograph – of a horrifying event, while others are forced to live through that horrifying event?”

He’s right. However, many newspapers have chosen not to publish images that I believe will serve as a reminder of Putinbrutality long after the Russian invasion Ukraine ended and the TV camera packed up and moved on.

I am talking about Evgeniy Maloletka’s photograph of an unnamed woman, heavily clutching her stomach as she was released from a bombed maternity hospital in the besieged city of Mariupol.

We now know that both mother and baby are dead – another argument, perhaps, for never showing the image again.

But we have to look at it, because there is a lot of evidence that such a powerful photograph can sway public opinion and, in some cases, change the course of history.

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Images like young girls running naked on the street after a South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped napalm on its own soldiers and civilians during the Vietnam War in 1972.

She ripped off her burning clothes and the shot became a symbol of the brutality of the conflict. Or the 2005 photo of a 5-year-old Iraqi girl screaming at an Iraqi checkpoint, covered in the blood of her parents after they were accidentally killed by US troops.

It shocked the world and caused the US military to change the way checkpoints were operated.

And who can forget the heartbreaking image of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi lying face down in the sand on a Turkish beach in 2015 after drowning while trying to flee the conflict in Syria on a Migration boat capsized. His mother, Rehana, and 5-year-old brother Galip also lost their lives.

Dressed like any other toddler, Alan’s photo humanizes the migration crisis for people who may have hitherto been blindsided to the plight of those fleeing countries. ravaged by war.

Similarly, the 2001 footage of the plane crashing into the Twin Towers conveys the horrors of the act of terror, but the “Falling Man” photograph of a worker plunging headfirst into the doom of the city. instead of facing the heat of the fire is what humanizes it.

So is the sight of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, horrified, covered in dust and blood in the back of an ambulance during the conflict in Syria, or firefighter Chris Fields tenderly cradling the body of a toddler. went to Baylee Almon, who died in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

We see ourselves in these pictures. It could be us, our child, our sister, our brother, our niece or nephew.

It’s important that we feel that way, because it incites a combination of compassion and anger that then, worldwide, empowers our governments to do something about it. about it.

Sterilizing conflicting images doesn’t help anyone – especially since it allows war criminals like Putin to pretend it didn’t happen.

And if families in Russia are allowed to see a pregnant woman mortally wounded at the hands of their leader, they can rise up and escape the brutal tyrant once and for all. .

Naked young girl runs down the street after a South Vietnamese plane dropped napalm on its own soldiers and civilians during the Vietnam War 1972

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Naked young girl runs down the street after a South Vietnamese plane dropped napalm on its own soldiers and civilians during the Vietnam War 1972Credit: AP: Associated Press
We see ourselves in these pictures - It could be us, our baby, our sister, our brother, our niece or our nephew, writes Jane Moore

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We see ourselves in these pictures – It could be us, our baby, our sister, our brother, our niece or our nephew, writes Jane Moore

Musk jokes with the baby’s name

Tech Billionaire Elon Musk and famous singer girlfriend Grimes (aka Claire Boucher), had a secret second child together.

Maybe they kept it to themselves because they thought we would die laughing when we heard our daughter’s name. . . Exa Dark Siderael Musk, abbreviated as “Y”. Why, really.

Elon Musk and girlfriend Grimes (aka Claire Boucher), had a secret second child together

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Elon Musk and girlfriend Grimes (aka Claire Boucher), had a secret second child togetherCredit: Getty

It’s named after the X AE A-12 – “X” for short – given to their first son, a boy nearly two years old.

Isn’t there a law against giving your child confusing or, in some cases, downright offensive names?

Apparently, the names Rogue, Martian and Chow Tow (meaning smelly head) are illegal in the UK, while Nutella, Prince William and MJ are banned in France.

In Oz, you can’t have Ikea, Spinach and Snort, while the Swiss say “no” strictly to Paris, Chanel and Mercedes, and in America you can’t name your child King, Queen , Your Majesty, Master or Judge.

All of that, quite frankly, seems to fit perfectly with what the Musks are facing.

However, like so many kids who are given confusing names by ‘eccentric’ celebrity parents, they’re likely to rebel in their teens and change their names to Trevor and Gladys.

DOLLY’S OH, TOO STUNNING

DOLLY PARTON has withdrawn her name from the list of nominees for this year’s inductance into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“I don’t feel like I’ve earned that right. I don’t want the votes to be divided because of me, so I have to bow respectfully.” she speak.

Dolly Parton withdraws her name from nominations for this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductance

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Dolly Parton withdraws her name from nominations for this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductanceCredit: Getty

“I hope (they will be) willing to consider me again – if I am worthy.” Whaaaat? Legendary Dolly, 76, has composed more than 3,000 songs – including Whitney Houston’s hit I Will Always Love You – and few repertoire fit to lick her diamanté cowboy boots.

Meanwhile, the rest of the list of mostly male nominees, including Eminem, Lionel Richie, Rage Against The Machine, Judas Priest and Beck, is still ongoing.

I’m well aware of the general concept, but it’s a disturbing personality trait many women have (“What, am I getting old?”) Feeling (or feeling the need to communicate) impersonation syndrome when praised for doing well.

While most men tend to think: “I’m absolutely brilliant so this is totally worth it”.

TRUTH IS TELLED

A head of education charity SEX says teachers should avoid telling teenagers not to send nude pictures of themselves to classmates – because “abstinence” messages can prevent them from reporting if those images are shared later.

She added that the focus in the lessons should be on consent and addressing the issue of images being shared without permission.

Wait, surely the emphasis really has to be on both? Yes, the people who share the photos are the villains of the piece.

But warn girls and boys that the best way to avoid sharing nudity is not to send it in the first place, not “blame the victim,” that’s common sense.

‘THE MOST DESERVED THAT HE IS’

SHANE WARNE’S adviser has revealed that the cricket legend thinks he has 30 years left to live and is “the happiest he was right before he died”.

Lianne Young, who has been giving him relationship advice since 2015, added that he’s ready to settle down and looks forward to getting back to a healthy lifestyle.

Shane Warne's mentor Lianne Young reveals he was'the happiest person he had right before he died'

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Shane Warne’s mentor Lianne Young reveals he was ‘the happiest person he had right before he died’Credit: Getty

Call me old-fashioned, but counseling sessions aren’t private?

BIGGEST HIT

MENTAL health services received a record 4.3 million referrals last year (in the UK alone) as the pandemic ravaged people’s lives.

Imperial College psychiatrists say this is the biggest impact on mental health “in generations”.

A reminder that, as predicted, an outbreak of some lockdowns could prove a far greater scourge than the virus itself.

A LOT, HARRY

WITH the cowboy hat and the usual stare at the camera, Prince Harry was photographed while attending a Texas horse race.

Corey Melton, a bullfight attendee, wrote on Instagram: “We get a lot of rodeo royalties, but this is the first prince I’ve seen.”

Prince Harry is pictured attending a Texas horse race

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Prince Harry is pictured attending a Texas horse raceCredit: Facebook / Stockyards Championship Rodeo

Meanwhile, rodeo secretary Cindy Reid posted a message in which she thanked Harry for his visit.

However, just hours after the original photo appeared, it was mysteriously deleted along with the two aforementioned messages.

Cripes. Russian media censorship skills are nothing on Suss-skis.

  • The Duchess of Sussex is being sued by her half-sister Samantha Markle over claims she made about their relationship with Oprah Winfrey. And in that the problem lies in giving interviews on the world stage. You can give “my truth” to the public and they can’t really dispute it unless it’s blatantly wrong. But when it comes to families who have known you since birth, they have “their truth” and if it doesn’t match up with “your truth” it can end up in a costly lawsuit. What is “truth”? As always, there’s only one winner: Lawyers.

DESCRIPTION HRT

Women are said to be forced to buy HRT on the black market because of the nationwide scarcity.

Having just returned from a two-week trip to Egypt, where luggage and HRT pills weren’t with me, I understand their desperation.

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