One of the most eventful decade, the first of the 21st century (2000-2009). An attempt to visually portray this decade reveals that dreadful wars and natural calamities take center stage. A close look prompts one to think about the growing complexities in the world one lives in. Click through and see for yourself.
NOTE: Some images in this post contain graphic content.
A Kenyan boy screams as he sees Kenyan policeman with a baton approach the door of his home in the Kibera slum of Nairobi 17 Jan. 2008. Hundreds of police who had earlier clashed with supporters of Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga at the entrance of the slum moved into the shantytown and did a house to house search for protesters. (Walter Astrada, AFP / Getty Images)
A person falls from the north tower of New York’s World Trade Center in this Sept. 11, 2001 photo, after terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and brought down the twin 110-story towers. (Richard Drew, AP)
An Iraqi man, bottom right, looks at Cpl. Edward Chin, of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Regiment, cover the face of a statue of Saddam Hussein with an American flag before toppling the statue in downtown in Bagdhad, April 9, 2003. Moments later the American flag was removed. (Jerome Delay, AP)
An Iraqi prisoner of war conforts his 4-year-old son at a regroupment center for POWs of the 101st Airborne Division near An Najaf, in this March 31, 2003 photo. The man was seized in An Najaf with his son and the U.S. military did not want to separate father and son. (Jean-Marc Bouju, AP)
World Press Photo of the year 2004 by Indian photographer Arko Datta of the Reuters news agency showing an Indian woman in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, India, Dec. 28, 2004, mourning the death of a relative who was killed in the Asian tsunami catastrophe. (Arko Datta, Reuters / AP)
Paul Dadge, right, helps injured tube passenger Davinia Turrell away from Edgware Road tube station in London following an explosion, July 7, 2005. A series of deadly explosions in London claimed 52 lives and injured hundreds of others. The woman wears a special dressing for the treatment of burns. The dressing is coated with a special gel which is designed to prevent infection and reduce skin temperature from the burn. (Jane Mingay, AP)
A Jewish settler struggles with an Israeli security officer during clashes that erupted as authorities evacuated the West Bank settlement outpost of Amona, east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah, Feb. 1, 2006. Thousands of troops in riot gear and on horseback clashed with hundreds of stone-throwing Jewish settlers holed up behind barbed wire and on rooftops in this illegal West Bank settlement outpost, after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the demolition of nine homes at the site. (Oded Balilty, AP)
A Pakistani lawyer runs away from tear gas fired by police officers outside the residence of the country’s deposed chief justice Iftikhar Mahmood Chaudhry during a protest in Islamabad, Pakistan on March 9, 2008. (Emilio Morenatti, AP)
Palestinian bride Kholood Al Zaaneen sits inside a tent built after her family’s house was destroyed during Israel’s latest military offensive in Gaza, during her wedding ceremony in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, July 22, 2009. (Adel Hana, AP)Palestinian bride Kholood Al Zaaneen sits inside a tent built after her family’s house was destroyed during Israel’s latest military offensive in Gaza, during her wedding ceremony in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, July 22, 2009. (Adel Hana, AP)