Originally posted by psychosgirl
The part that gets me is that he WAITED for 20 minutes to get the perfect shot. That says it all. He wasn't a soldier,on a mission,he was a
photographer in search of a money making photo. I am not suprised at all that he commited suicide,once the quest for fame and fortune came to
When you've been there and done it, then you can comment.
Try living in a city where everyday you are pestered by beggars. They are satisfied with a few cents, but soon you have no cents left and there are
still beggars you haven't given money to. Then there are the "professional" beggars, the ones who have strategies to maximise their takings, the
ones that rent young children and pinch them to make them cry as if from hunger. Then the beggars of opportunity, those who take a chance when it
presents itself and those who only target foreigners because they are "rich". Now who do you give money to, who is worthy and who isn't? How do you
reconcile the fact that you didn't give money to someone so obviously destitute when you are so obviously comfortable?
Or traffic accidents, what does it do to your psyche to deliberately drive away from the scene of an accident (which did not involve you) instead of
stopping to render assistance, because you will be forced to pay all the costs, you might find yourself being treated as a suspect and the medical
personnel will do nothing until YOU pay them?
And that's the easy stuff.
Ever been to Africa, let alone any part of the 3rd world? Ever seen the list of diseases you need to be innocculated for? Or the list of diseases they
don't have vaccines for? The list of diseases that you will carry for life if you contract them?
Ever spent every day looking at scenes like this, until you have no objectivity left? All you can see is just one more terrible scene to add to the
list or great photo opportunity, or story to cover? One more pile of bodies, one more mass grave, one more mass funeral? One more exhausted aid worker
who has had their shipment stolen by the government, one more embassy type who doesn't see it, one more government official who is only worried about
making money? One more mortar attack on the Sarajevo market?
Do you know how many foreign correspondents are alcoholics, because of this? Without them we wouldn't know about Darfur, Srebrenica, Bihac, Mostar,
Chechnya, Cambodia, Kosovo etc, we wouldn't have a reason to be outraged, we'd just be living our comfortable lives with our medical care,
education, social security, running water, hamburgers, beer, wasted food, luxury V8 cars, 200 cable channels, skiing trips on the weekend, saturday
football games for the kids and pathetic disputes over meaningless crap with our workmates.