This graffiti from March 2009 shows an adult and children in gas masks in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Eight years after Japan’s worst nuclear disaster, the government is not sure what to do with the contaminated water that remains, but its environment minister says dumping it into the ocean might be the only choice.
(Photo by Thierry Ehrmann) Photo used under CC BY
Women and children wait to see a doctor at a free medical clinic in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo in August 2013. Seeing an average of 80 patients a day from Kismayo and surrounding villages, the medical staff here treat civilians for malaria, respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections and occasionally gunshot wounds.
(Photo by AU-UN IST PHOTO/ Ramadaan Mohamed Hassan) Photo used under CC BY
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When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can’t live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed.