Humanity Embraced

Arab Spring Shot Wins World Press Photo Award

Woman holds wounded relative during Yemen protests.
Photo by Samuel Aranda, AP/New York Times

"A thin man rests his head on the shoulder of a burqa-clad woman, the pair collapsed together against a wall," Kerri McDonald writes on the New York Times Lens blog. "The expression on her face can't be seen. But her body language--right arm wrapped tightly around his neck, left hand clinging to his arm-—conveys everything her expression cannot."

In this image, the 2012 World Press Photo of the year by Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times, shows a woman holding a wounded relative during protests against president Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 15, 2011.

One on the jurors in the World Press Photo of the Year, Kkoyo Kouoh, states of Aranda's photo, "It stands for Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, for all that happened in the Arab Spring."

I would add that it stands for the shared humanity we must all embrace.

They are us.