20+ Powerful Photographs That Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes

People say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but the photos below might speak even more. They cover a wide range of subjects and situations that tell bittersweet stories of our existence.

Inspired by BrightSide, we’ve gathered some of the most powerful photos from the recent times below. While some of these photos may fill you with joy, others might be a little too upsetting. Get your tissues ready!

#1. The boy who beat cancer


#2. No child is alien to us


#3. As Iraqi forces battle with ISIS militants nearby, an Iraqi girl in a wheelchair waits in a street for a truck to carry her to safety

Suhaib Salem / Reuters

#4. Volunteer holds two years old Oulai Esther, from Ivory Coast, after being rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms from a rubber boat sailing in the Mediterranean Sea

Emilio Morenatti / AP

#5. A closed bodega during a Yemeni protest against President Donald Trump’s travel ban, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

Stephanie Keith / Reuters

#6. A demonstrator takes part in a march on International Women’s Day in Sao Paulo on March 8

Nacho Doce / Reuters

#7.  Father and son (1949 – 2009)


#8. A loyal friend

#9. A man injured after violence broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump Trump and anti-Trump protesters during a free speech rally in Berkeley, California, on March 4

Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

#10. Irish rugby player Brian O’Driscoll shares his sporting victory with the most devoted fans — children in hospital


#11. Love


#12. A sergeant, his wife and their future child

#13. Banksy’s newly opened “Walled Off Hotel” in the Israeli-occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem

Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images

#14. Sometimes you get help from the one you least expect


#15. This guy put a ’speed restricter’ on his motorcycle: a photo of his daughter


#16. Syrians return to their home after the al-Bab town center was been liberated from ISIS, on March 5

Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

#17. Life goes on: four-year-old Aisha Daud at a religious class in Pakistan


#18. Nikolay Belyaev, 92, is the last surviving soldier who stormed Hitler’s Reichstag in 1945


#19. An Iraqi special forces soldier reacts after ISIS militants shot dead another Iraqi special forces soldier during a battle in Mosul, Iraq

Goran Tomasevic / Reuters

#20. A baby weighing just 500 grams survived to grow up healthy



#22. 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 in 2011

Vanderlei Almeida / Getty Images

#23. 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


#24. From one generation to the next


#25. Princess


#26. Devoted to the end


#27. Comprehending each other


#28. A new life is born


#29. They got a pup from the shelter. This was the difference in just one day…


#30. American Barbara Soper gave birth to her three children on 08.08.08, 09.09.09 and 10.10.10

#31. Grattitude


#32. A girl receives her university degree by the bedside of her terminally ill mother


#33. Young man just found out his brother was killed

Nhat V. Meyer

#34. Eight months difference


#35. Love that lasts a lifetime

#36. Kindness


#37. An unusual passenger

#38. A newborn gorilla in a zoo in Germany


#39. A caring uncle


#40. A blind man embraces his guide dog