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VIDEO: Heartbreaking pictures from the last 10 years


Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

From Haiti's devastating earthquake to war in Syria, Agence France-Presse and Reuters photographers have covered the biggest news stories of the decade, capturing images of armed conflict, natural disasters, the plight of migrants and the drama of sport.

Here is a selection of some of the best pictures taken between 2010 and 2019, accompanied by the photographers' comments.

Decade-00 A Turkish police officer stands next to a migrant child's dead body (Aylan Kurdi) off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos.


Decade-02 Fatima Ibrahim Hadi, 12, who is malnourished and weighs just 10kg, sits on a bed at a clinic in Aslam, in the northwestern province of Hajjah, Yemen, February 17, 2019.


Decade-04 Police hit a student protester during violence in Letpadan, Myanmar, March 10, 2015.


Decade-42 A child sleeps in a bag in the village of Beit Sawa, eastern Ghouta, Syria, March 15, 2018.


Decade-12 A woman walks near a fire at the Hyppolite iron market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 29, 2010. The fire destroyed the entire market.


Decade-05 Venezuela's President and presidential candidate Hugo Chavez speaks in the rain during his closing campaign rally in Caracas, Venezuela, October 4, 2012. Chavez died on March 5, 2013.


Decade-06 Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Daesh in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate, Iraq, August 11, 2014.


Decade-07 Locals carry a dead leopard which was killed after wandering into the city Kathmandu, Nepal, April 10, 2013.


Decade-10 Men use ropes to try and right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw, used as animal feed, along a road in Dargai, in the Malakand district, about 165 km (100 miles) northwest of Pakistan's capital Islamabad, April 13, 2012.


Decade-27 Residents view the first iceberg of the season as it passes the South Shore, also known as "Iceberg Alley," near Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada, April 16, 2017.


Decade-13 A boy moves away as a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) helicopter lands in Rubkuai village, Unity State, northern South Sudan, February 18, 2017.



Decade-03  Residents react as policemen take position during an operation in the Mare slums complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 26, 2014.


Decade-37 A boy holds his mother's leg as he cries in front of their damaged house after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake at Longmen village, Lushan county in Ya'an, Sichuan province, China, April 21, 2013.


Decade-08 Former conservative minister Kostis Hatzidakis is covered with blood after leftists attacked him with stones and sticks, shouting, "Thieves! Shame on you!" in central Athens, Greece, December 15, 2010.


Decade-15 A Central African Army (FACA) soldier stabs the corpse of a man, who was killed as he was accused of joining the ousted Seleka fighters, in the capital Bangui, Central African Republic, February 5, 2014.


Decade-17 US President Barack Obama is seen in tears while delivering a statement, on the steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence, in the East Room of the White House, Washington, US, January 5, 2016.


Decade-09 Anti-government protesters protect themselves with umbrellas among tear gas during a demonstration near Central Government Complex in Hong Kong, China, September 15, 2019.


Decade-14 Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School attend a military tactical exercise on the ground, which includes entrenchment training, forest survival studies and other activities, outside the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, October 21, 2017.


Decade-20 Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters assist their injured fellow fighter near the border town of Tal Abyad, Syria, October 24, 2019.


Decade-21 Fifteen-year-old Fabianne Geismar lies dead after being shot in the head after looting wall hangings from a destroyed store in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 19, 2010.


Decade-23 Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, July 9 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. 



Decade-59 Marooned flood victims looking to escape, grab the side bars of a hovering Army helicopter which arrived to distribute food supplies in the Muzaffargarh district, Punjab province, Pakistan, August 7, 2010.



Decade-39 A wave approaches Miyako City from the Heigawa estuary in Iwate Prefecture after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck the area in Miyako, Japan, March 11, 2011.


Decade-63 A Syrian refugee kisses his daughter as he walks through a rainstorm towards Greece's border with Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, September 10, 2015.



Decade-62 US Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011.



Decade-60 Anti-government protesters celebrate inside Tahrir Square after the announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation in Cairo, Egypt, February 11, 2011.



Decade-55 A demonstrator looks at a riot policeman during a protest marking the country's 1973 military coup in Santiago, Chile, September 11, 2016.



Decade-57 Uttara Saud, 14, sits inside a Chaupadi shed in the hills of Legudsen village in Achham District in western Nepal, February 16, 2014. Chaupadi is a tradition observed in parts of Nepal, which cuts women off from the rest of society when they are menstruating. Women who practice traditional chaupadi have to sleep in sheds or outbuildings while they are on their period. Chaupadi was banned by Nepal's Supreme Court in 2005, but it is still common in the country's far and mid-western regions.



Decade-26  A combination of photos taken at the National Mall shows the crowds attending the inauguration ceremonies to swear in US President Donald Trump (left) on January 20, 2017 and President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, in Washington DC, US. Picture taken January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2009.



Decade-19 A woman is seen through a car window as she flees the besieged city of Bani Walid, Libya, September 12, 2011.



Decade-33 Residents sift through the ruins of their houses after a fire in Makati city, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 19, 2011.



Decade-35 A woman cries while sitting on a road after an earthquake and tusnami destroyed the city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 13, 2011.



Decade-34  An Afghan boy plays on a merry-go-round on a hill top in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 20, 2015.



Decade-38 Palestinians scuffle with an Israeli soldier as they try to prevent him from detaining a boy during a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian Territories, August 28, 2015.



Decade-30 The race car of driver Will Power (left) goes airborne during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, October 16, 2011.



Decade-41 Rebels hold a young man at gunpoint, who they accuse of being a loyalist to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, between the towns of Brega and Ras Lanuf, Libya, March 3, 2011.



Decade-43 Relatives of a Palestinian, who was killed at the Israel-Gaza border, react at a hospital in Gaza City, Palestinain Territories, June 18, 2018.



Decade-25 A dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos, August 11, 2015.



Decade-44 Palestinians rescue Mahmoud al-Ghol from under the rubble of a house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian Territories, August 3, 2014.



Decade-28 Maria Meza, a 40-year-old migrant woman from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, runs away from tear gas with her five-year-old twin daughters Saira Mejia Meza (left) and Cheili Mejia Meza (right) in front of the border wall between the US and Mexico, in Tijuana, Mexico, November 25, 2018.



Decade-31 Cyclist for Team Sky Chris Froome of Britain crashes during the 156.5-km Stage 9 from Arras Citadelle to Roubaix of the Tour de France, France, July 15, 2018.


Decade-45 An injured child receives medical treatment after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 13, 2010.



Decade-48 A man cries as he carries his daughter while walking from Daesh controlled part of Mosul towards Iraqi special forces soldiers during a battle in Mosul, Iraq, March 4, 2017.



Decade-16 US President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time in history at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019.




Decade-49 Migrants try to stay afloat after falling off their rubber dinghy during a rescue operation by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship in the central Mediterranean in international waters some 15 nautical miles off the coast of Zawiya in Libya, April 14, 2017.



Decade-46 A Free Syrian Army fighter fires his sniper rifle from a house in Aleppo, Syria, August 14, 2012.



Decade-50 An aerial view of a coastal town devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan in Samar province, Philippines, November 11, 2013.



Decade-52 An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island in Italy, taken from an Italian navy helicopter on August 26, 2013.



Decade-53 Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of the re-sentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa, June 15, 2016.


Decade-Kashmir-750 An Indian police official scuffles with a Kashimiri youth during a clashes near the site following a gun battle between suspected militants and Indian government forces in downtown Srinagar on October 17, 2018. Two suspected militants and one security force personnel were killed during a gun battle according to officials said.




Decade-54  Usain Bolt (JAM) of Jamaica looks at Andre De Grasse (CAN) of Canada as they compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Men's 100m Semifinals at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 14, 2016. Bolt created history on the track.



Decade-51  A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as people protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square, Istanbul, May 28, 2013.



Decade-65  A migrant carrying a child falls after tripping on TV camerawoman (right) Petra Laszlo while trying to escape from a collection point in Roszke village, Hungary, September 8, 2015.



Decade-56  Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, signs a copy of her book before an event launching her memoir, "I Am Malala", at the Southbank Centre in central London, Britain, October 20, 2013.



Decade-58  The Northern Lights are seen above the ash plume of a volcano in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland, April 22, 2010.


Decade-68 Luis Acosta holds 5-year-old Angel Jesus, both from Honduras, as a caravan of migrants from Central America en route to the United States crossed through the Suchiate River into Mexico from Guatemala in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, October 29, 2018.



Decade-66 A lone tree stands near a water trough in a drought-effected paddock located on the outskirts of Walgett, in New South Wales, Australia, July 20, 2018.



Decade-64 Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, Hungary, August 27, 2015.



Decade-67  Afghan journalists are seen after a second blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 30, 2018.



Decade-69  Britain's Prince Harry gestures next to his wife Meghan as they ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018.




Decade-71  This composite image shows the moon as it moves in front of the sun in a rare "Ring of fire" solar eclipse as seen from Tanjung Piai in Malaysia on December 26, 2019.

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