A photo can convey raw emotion in a way that words never could.  This collection of photographs illicit heart ache, triumph, compassion, and reverence.  Some may have deeper meaning to certain readers, but they is no doubt that they are all powerful. So grab a tissue and prepare to be moved.

1. Afghan man offers tea to U.S. soldiers

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2. Alcoholic father with his son

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3. Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009

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4. Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand in front of the decimated remains of his home in Myanmar. In 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives

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5. A dog sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011.

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6. Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside the rubble of his destroyed home in Alabama following a Tornado in March, 2012

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7. In the rubble of a collapsed factory, rescuers find this embracing couple.

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8. An Australian firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria.

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9. The power of the flower.

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10. Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 by detecting the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors.

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11. Homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque in New Delhi, India

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12. Starving boy and missionary

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13. A WW2 Russian tank veteran finally finds the tank he passed through the entire war  in.

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14. Russian soldiers prepare for the Battle of Kursk

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15. During massive floods in India, a villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them to safety with a basket balanced on his head.

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16. A five-year-old gypsy boy smokes a cigarette on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. A common sight in St. Jacques.

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17. Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after serving in Iraq for 7 months.

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18. A Russian soldier plays an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994.

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19. Hopeful and diligent parents, likely now in their 70′s, still looking for their missing girl.

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20. Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11.

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21. 12 year old Brazilian boy playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The boy had escaped poverty and violence through music, thanks to his teacher.

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22. “Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in Canada, October 1, 1940

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23. A Japanese woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami, in Natori. March 2011

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24. A young boy holds his sister and cries after a confrontation with squatters and police in Nepal.

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25. Zoe Jurusik, 20, paddle-boards down a flooded city street in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

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