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little warrior by CatchMe-22 little warrior by CatchMe-22
Welcome little warrior.
Learn at your mama’s breast
to defeat the pain.

With rhythm on your lips
you’ll always return
to this moment, pure
and loved

before the heat from this red earth
burnt into your eyes
and narrowed your view
of paradise under your toes

Remember you are richer
in history and heart

though that won’t fuel
your aching body
it will stoke the fire
in your heart.

by ~cycoelf

*Disclaimer: No heartachingly cute african children were harmed in the making of this photograph.*

Doing my medical elective in Africa did something to me. Something special that cannot be replicated by any amounts of TV, or movies, or poems, or photographs.

Something that everyone needs to see, but so many don't.

Something that people see in the news, sigh, shake their heads, then return to their dinner.

Spread the message. Open your eyes.

Levels, channel mixer
All profit from prints goes towards UNICEF
*Full view plz*

African series:
plight of africa [link]
innocence [link]
PonPon [link]
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UniQuest Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I search pictures with word "warrior" and he really stands out. He shows some real emotion.
gwennyp Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is exactly why its a shame that we only embrase the fun moments on camera. painfull moments are equally precious in life! count me in as a fan!!
CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
You put it perfectly. Thank you :)
Starry-Galaxies Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental
hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so
they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on
a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in youReply
JulieElizabethArt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your beautiful photographic artwork has been featured here...


kartofelj Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woww, this is heart breaking.. I hope you wouldn't mind me using this photo as a reference picture?
FaceTheArtOfMe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
the expression of the child is so.. i can't explain its beautifull very nice
essencestudios Featured By Owner May 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Daalmemxachiuam Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
aw. baby. No matter what it is you're strong enough to get through it. No need to cry!
tenko72 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love his face.
AnnieCy Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011   Photographer
Amazing capture! Love it!! :)
shishido-ootori Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
First time i see this work, it's so touching :) Love it very much, nice work
KyaKyaNea Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
I started to sob...I feel every time so ashamed... and I've wondered, how could I help this little guy? By Worldvision, that I know, but I'd like attend where the help is needed, service and help people when I'm sitting in comfy sofa and eating banana. It irritates, that I'm not giving anything back of my luxurious lifestyle, if they'd see me.
CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Well there are many ways to help, and every little bit helps! Things like UNICEF etc take donations, no matter how little, and even if you just help one person, you're helping THEIR whole world :)
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Your stunning work has been featured in my journal, you can view it here :) [link]
kavsikuzah Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
glashtyn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
I'm so glad i found this again...i saw it several years ago and loved the pull on the heartstrings, but then i couldn't find it. I'd like to draw it, if i may...
CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Wow thank you... I'm flattered that this image stayed in your mind :) You're more than welcome to draw it, and I would love to see your interpretation :)
glashtyn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Thank you very much! :D
SavageSirens Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
this makes me depressed
CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010   General Artist
Featured in my journal [link] :D
rainbowbunniie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Beautifully sad piece. I just recently watched a documentary on how children in various parts of Africa are being abused and even killed because people believe them to be witches. It was horrible this picture totally reminded me of their faces.
k-fer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
featured :D :heart: [link]
svet-svet Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your wonderful art is featured in my Journal [link]
BiBu20 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
He's so cuuuute :heart:
Nice shoot !
ariess Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I totally love this. Nice capture on the emotion!
SiggyStuff Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
I featured your photo! [link]
vollyy Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Look-in my journal:

ChrisKora Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
featured here--> [link] :)
CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
thank u!
some-where-out-there Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010   Photographer
It has always been a dream of mine to go to africa and help all those who cant help themself....if i only had one last wish thats what it would be.....i just wish i could go now.....its tearing at me everyday....i can make a difference yet i cant get myself there for several years.....If i didnt have to pay for school coming up i would be there now....
CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
that's really great... i hope you do make that step. It changed my life and the way i look at things, and I recommend anyone to go and experience it. I can't wait to go back again!
fashioneyes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
very impressive.
Keizer44 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
So cute ... So Sad ...
la-vie-en-couleurs Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
beautiful shot. priceless
eu-lascarica Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
seems like he says " why you did that to me :cry: "
CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
haha true... I felt so bad when he finally started crying!
F3L1Z Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
this is very emotive, make me cry, awesome picture.
dot-next Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
awesome shot!!! :+fav:
Amiilor Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
alexandriatiffany Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Aw! Why is he so upset? I seriously feel like crying after looking at this...
caligrl20ca Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
Hi I was wondering if I could paint your picture. It really good and it would be a challenge. I just wanted your permission first
CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
thank u for asking for permission. I have had a few people use it without asking first...

I would be honoured for you to use it in a painting as well as it's credited :) Please do forward me the link when it's done so I can see it :)
caligrl20ca Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Of course thank you for letting me paint it...Im really excited!
skyflyer2 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
I used your photo here... thank you very much[link]
PureSeduction Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009   Writer
Aww... what a little cutie :P
aschenbroedel Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
so cute
velcgartist Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Its really so cute ya i love it very much
pinkblue Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
oohhh so little and cute. and so upset. great shot.
CatchMe-22 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
kinda heart breaking innit. Thanks for the compliment and fav :aww:
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August 14, 2007
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Focal Length
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Date Taken
Jun 23, 2007, 2:23:07 AM