30 of the most powerful and unforgettable images captured on camera. Make sure you have a tissue handy.

One picture can say a thousand words, but these extraordinary photos speak volumes. Some of the stories these images tell are heartbreaking while other are full of joy. All are full of emotion and deserve a moment of appreciation.

Starving boy and missionary (Source)

Starving boy and missionary (Source)

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado (Source)

Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in Alabama following the Tornado (Source)

Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber (Source)

Inside an Auschwitz gas chamber (Source)

Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner. (Source)

Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. His assistant is sleeping in the corner. (Source)

Father and son: 1949 vs 2009 (Source)

Father and son: 1949 vs 2009 (Source)

Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music. (Source)

Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music. (Source)

Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt (Source)

Christians protect Muslims during prayer in the midst of the 2011 uprisings in Cairo, Egypt (Source)

 firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia (Source)

A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia (Source)

Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India (Source)

Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months (Source)

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months

Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. "The Falling Man." (Source)

Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. “The Falling Man.” (Source)

Young man just found out his brother was killed (Source)

Young man just found out his brother was killed (Source)

Alcoholic father with his son (Source)

Alcoholic father with his son (Source)

Sunset on Mars (Source)

Sunset on Mars (Source)

Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory (Source)

Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory (Source)

A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994 (Source)

A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994 (Source)

Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke (Source)

Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke (Source)

Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives (Source)

Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital of Yangon (Rangoon). In May 2008, cyclone Nargis struck southern Myanmar, leaving millions homeless and claiming more than 100,000 lives (Source)

A dog named Leao sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero (Source)

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

“Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940 (Source)

“Wait For Me Daddy,” by Claude P. Dettloff in New Westminster, Canada, October 1, 1940 (Source)

An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument (Source)

An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument (Source)

The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888 (Source)

The Graves of a Catholic woman and her Protestant husband, Holland, 1888 (Source)

Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009 (Source)

Demonstration of condom usage at a public market in Jayapura, capital of Papua, 2009 (Source)

Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943 (Source)

Russian soldiers preparing for the Battle of Kursk, July 1943 (Source)

During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head (Source)

During massive floods in Cuttack City, India, in 2011, a heroic villager saved numerous stray cats by carrying them with a basket balanced on his head

An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers (Source)

An Afghan man offers tea to soldiers (Source)

Flower power (Source)

Flower power (Source)

A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunam, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011 (Source)

A woman sits amidst the wreckage caused by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan, in March 2011 (Source)

Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000 (Source)

Zanjeer the dog saved thousands of lives during Mumbai serial blasts in March 1993 by detecting more than 3,329 kgs of the explosive RDX, 600 detonators, 249 hand grenades and 6406 rounds of live ammunition. He was buried with full honors in 2000 (Source)

Some parents, likely now in their 70′s, still looking for their missing child. (Source)

Some parents, likely now in their 70′s, still looking for their missing child. (Source)

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