Picture of the Week – Oliver Weiken’s Image of Gaza in Conflict
In a week that saw Germany crowned as football’s World Champions for the first time since 1990, Monty Python’s return and the breaking news that Kim Kardashian now only eats strawberries, our picture of the week takes a rather more sombre tone. As the violence between Israel and Palestine continues to escalate, our picture of the week shows the true casualties of war. The people.
We believe that an influential picture should always tell a thousand words, and this image of a Palestinian man crying as he holds the dead body of his younger brother at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City does exactly that. While the rest of the world watched as Mario Götze’s goal hit the back of the net in the World Cup final, a group of four boys from the Bakr family were killed, in what appeared to be Israeli naval shelling, as they played football on a beach emulating their heroes.
Unfortunately this type of image, from areas of conflict throughout the world, is one that we’ve seen all too often. But the emotive impact never dwindles and the images always convey the loss of innocence and raw pain felt by the families of victims.