Life can be a fantasy or hell, both of these can be your reality here on Earth. The world has come to a place where innocent people have to pay with everything they have, including their lives for the decisions of their leaders.
Greed and power have interfered with almost every country and government where it drives its tasks for the betterment of the governing body, not the population they are supposed to serve. The worst is caught by our younger generations, our children who get caught in the middle of the war, hunger, poverty, and everything that they are not supposed to go through. This can happen in some of the countries while some countries have provided their citizens with the favorable conditions to live, they get to enjoy a proper life and a childhood to be responsible leaders of the future.
But is it fair that one part of the world gets to enjoy their rights while another part lives each moment in their day not knowing where they might receive help from? These are questions that are needed to be solved as one world, united. Every child deserves a happy childhood to live their life. This is an idea that has bothered Uğur Gallenkuş. He is a photographer from Istanbul, he expresses the duality of this world that offers contrasting lives for different children in the world. Putting his talent and skills to work, he has created a photo series that is now turned into a book.
This has photos of both the worlds of children, edited side by side, morphing into one photo for the world to feel the duality children go through. These striking photos have caused a lot of discussion in the online community and it has been shared all over the world.
We have decided to share these pictures with you so that these might impact the world to make it a better place for our children and the generations to come. Scroll down and check these pictures out. Make sure you share your thoughts in the comments section below.
A refugee girl observes the sunset at Dibaga Refugee Camp. Iraqis caught in Islamic State crossfire flee to refugee camps near Mosul. The conflict has left behind deep scars in the psyche of children and it has reversed more than two decades of expansion of access to education. August, Iraq, 2016.
Editorial Photo: Diego Ibarra Sanchez
A Rohingya refugee girl looks next to newly arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in Ukhiya on September 6, 2017. With children making up around 60 percent of the Rohingya that have fled into Bangladesh, many below 18 years old arrived into the makeshift tents highly traumatized after seeing family members killed and homes set on fire.
Editorial Photo: K.M. Asad
This is Shaila, a 15-year-old sex worker. Due to her stepmother's torture, she ran away from home and tried to go to her aunt's in Dhaka, Bangladesh. "Somehow I managed to get a seat on a bus which was going to Dhaka. There was too much traffic, so my bus was stuck in one place for hours. It was getting darker and I did not know what to do. When I got off the bus, it was midnight, 12 am. I was so afraid that I asked every single female passenger to give me a shelter for one night. I was crying and did not know what to do. No one believed me. If on that day, someone would have given me a shelter for just one night, my life would not have fallen into hell," she said. During the journey, she was kidnapped by a group and she found herself in a brothel.
Editorial Photo: GMB Akash
Children bear the brutal cost of endless war. As 10 children from the same family were walking to school last year, they came across an unexploded mortar bomb—a common sight in Afghanistan, where war still rages between the Taliban and US-backed national forces. Not realizing what it was or the dangers it posed, the curious kids picked up the device and took it to show to an aunt. And then it exploded. Three children and the older relative were killed, and the remaining seven lost at least one limb each.
Editorial Photo: Noorullah Shirzada
Newly released child soldiers wait in a line for their registration during the release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on February 7, 2018. More than 300 child soldiers, including 87 girls, have been released in South Sudan's war-torn region of Yambio under a program to help reintegrate them into society, the UN said on Februar y 7, 2018.
Editorial Photo: Stefanie Glinsk