Büyüklerin hırslarına kurban giden küçükler: Savaş çocuklarının canımızı yakan fotoğrafları

Aynı gezegenin geçici konukları olduğumuz gerçeğini bilmemize rağmen varoluşumuzun başından beri birbirimizi öldürmekten vazgeçmedik. Silah endüstrisinin mevcut durumuna ve yapılan yatırımlara baktığımızda öldürmekten vazgeçmeyeceğimizi de ne yazık ki görüyoruz. Her zaman olduğu gibi bazen din, bazen ırk, bazen ideoloji farklılığı sebep gösterilecek; haklı-haksız ve güçlü-güçsüz farketmeksizin iki taraftan da insanlar yine ölecek, yine ölecek.

Peki ya çocuklar?.. Ne yazık ki bugün bile birçok çocuk savaşın, çatışmanın tam orta yerinde doğuyor. Bomba sesleriyle uykudan uyanan, okula giderken keskin nişancılardan kaçan, annesini-babasını kaybeden binlerce çocuk… Masumiyetin doğal temsilcileri… Büyüklerinin çirkin hırsları, inatları yüzünden kocaman bir kara bulutun altında yaşayan o çocuklar dünyanın her yerinde.

RUSSIA. Grozny, Chechnya. 03/2002. Destruction in the city center. Nothing has been rebuilt since the two wars. Girl with balloons.
Çeçenistan, 2002 // Thomas Dworzak
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Suriye, Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
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Suriye, Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
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Suriye, Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
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Suriye, Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
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Suriye, Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
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Suriye, Muzaffar Salman/Reuters
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Suriye, Muzaffar Salman/Reuters
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Lübnan, Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

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AFGHN-10083, A young boy stands next to his father's AK-47, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992, final print_milan
Afganistan, Steve McCurry
AFGHN-10118, Victims of violence, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1985
Afganistan, Steve McCurry
Dutch soldier, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002
Afganistan, Steve McCurry
Young Soldier, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1993 "During the conflict among warring national factions in Afghanistan that followed the retreat of the occupying Soviet military, city neighborhoods barricaded themselves against each other. There was no law and little order. This 14-year-old was charged with maintaining a barrier along one of the main street of Kabul, and the boy posed proudly, with a stance and authority well beyond his years."- Phaidon 55NYC591, MCS1994002 K034, final print_milan A young Hazara boy, Ali, age 14, stands guard at his neighborhood baracade off the main street in downtown Kabul in 1993 during the civil war between the Hazara and the central government. Portraits_Book Steve Mccurry_Book
Afganistan, Steve McCurry
Shepherd boy, Al Ahmadi, Kuwait, 1991 "Spoils of war, a stripped car is claimed by a shepherd boy at Al Ahmadi. Farmers' fear of mines may give overgrazed land time to renew, small benefit from a war that fouled sea, land, and air" National Geographic, August 1991, The Persian Gulf: After the Storm, Vol. 180, No. 2 'This is just after the war in Kuwait,' notes McCurry. 'There was a lot of looting and bombing. This little boy was living nearby and there was all this oil everywhere. You can see his hands were covered in oil and his dress too; it was just coming out of the sky. It was terrible.' Phaidon, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, final print_milan, Portraits_Book
Kuveyt, Steve McCurry
00404_13. Kuwait City. 1991. A family tours a destroyed palace after the Iraqi invasion.
Kuveyt, Steve McCurry
Muslim children clamber over an abandoned anti-aircraft gun near Beirut, Lebanon, 1982 National Geographic, February 1983 Beirut: Up From the Rubble Make-believe conquers the tools of war as Muslim children clamber over an abandoned antiaircraft gun. Discarded shells around the gun may still be live, like the explosive grievances and vengeance harbored by many of Beirut's factions. "The irony of children playing on an abandoned tank, as if it were a 'jungle gym' in a schoolyard, recalls the unfortunate irony of a man sleeping on the street in front of a couch in a Mexico City furniture store display window ten years earlier. This rhetoric of contrast is a signature of McCurry's work - declarative, bold, unflinchingly clear. In this photograph, the scene is heightened by the explosive potential of the shells at the children's feet." - Phaidon 55 Phaidon, 55, Iconic Images, final book_iconic, final print_milan
Lübnan, Steve McCurry
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Filistin, Ammar Awad/Reuters
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Netivot, Amir Cohen/Reuters
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Suriye, Shaam News Network/Reuters
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Srebrenitsa, Dado Ruvic/Reuters
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Afganistan, Omar Sobhani/Reuters
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Somali, Noor Khamis/Reuters
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Libya, Zohra Bensemra/Reuters
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Libya, Mohammed Salem/Reuters
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Mısır, Suhaib Salem/Reuters
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Filistin, Suhaib Salem/Reuters
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Afganistan, Erik de Castro/Reuters
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Londra, Toby Melville/Reuters
Fighting for a separate state, Tamil Tigers during training, west of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, 1995
Sri Lanka, Steve McCurry
Vietnam War South Vietnamese mothers sheltering with their children beside an American paratrooper during a battle against Viet Cong in swampland 20 miles west of Saigon.
Vietnam, AP
GERMANY. Berlin. Children playing at the Berlin Wall in Berlin-Wedding. 1963.
Berlin Duvarı, © Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos
USA. New York City. September 11, 2001. View of Lower Manhattan from a Brooklyn Heights rooftop.
11 Eylül 2001, © Alex Webb/Magnum Photos
VIETNAM. The battle for Saigon. Refugees under fire. Confused urban warfare was such that Americans were shooting their staunchest supporters. 1968
Vietnam, © Philip Jones Griffiths/Magnum Photos
ISRAEL. Near Haifa. 1950. Child at the Sha'arHa'aliya transit camp for new immigrants
İsrail, © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos