The vulture and the little girl, NYT, Kevin Carter, 1993

Also known as “The Struggling Girl”, this famous photograph by Kevin Carter first appeared in The New York Times on 26 March 1993. It is a photograph of a frail famine-stricken boy, who had collapsed in the foreground with a hooded vulture eyeing him from nearby. The child was reported to be attempting to reach a United Nations feeding center about a half mile away in Ayod, Sudan (now South Sudan), in March 1993, and to have survived the incident. The picture won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography award in 1994.

Carter took his own life four months after winning the prize.


Discoloured / with old blood
The vultures circle / low
Over the young girl / watching
Greedily / with dead
Beady eyes / waiting
Knowing / delighting / in
The moment / when
Their talons will / sink into
The raw vernal flesh / ripping
Out the guts / tasting
The pain / drawing
Pleasure / lower they
Swoop / on the
Gamin / unsuspecting
Unknowing / unconscious / until
With wings outstretched / the
Vultures plunge / casting
The pervert shadow / of

Jyotsna Atre

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