The Story Of The Afghan Girl.

A photograph of the Afghan Girl taken by Steve McCurry

The photograph above of a girl with piercing green eyes, wearing a red headscarf and looking intently at the camera is a famous photograph taken by a National Geographic Society photographer named Steve McCurry. The photograph appeared on the front cover of National Geographic In June 1985.

Steve McCurry was in Pakistan in 1984, documenting the struggles of Afghanistan’s refugees in a refugee camp called Nasir Bagh during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. There, inside a school tent, he noticed the girl with the most unique eyes he had ever seen. …


Hi! I’m Reggie and I’m single.

photo by the author: I and my friends

I believe the last time I wrote anything about myself was in primary school. I remember vividly coming home one day with an assignment that said, write a composition about myself. I wrote it and submitted it the next day. When my teacher was done marking everyone’s assignments, she returned them to all the kids in the class. I remember my friends seated around me at the time, opening up their notebooks to see a full mark of 10/10 written in red ink.

Me on the other hand, I opened mine to see 6/10. It’ was funny, because it felt…


My Medium Journey

Photo by Tania Mousinho on Unsplash

When I started writing on medium, I would always fantasize about earning a thousand dollars on the platform and writing an article about it. I would fantasize about it even though I was always paid nothing more than 80 cents every month.

It got to a point that I wrote an article about how I would spend a thousand dollars, if by chance I make that amount.

But now, I did make that amount.

After months of… shedding tears and wondering if my work would ever be good enough to go viral.

One article finally made my dreams come true.


The Life of Phan Thi Kim Phuc

June 8, 1972: Kim Phúc, center left, running down a road naked near Trảng Bàng after a South Vietnam Air Force napalm attack.

The picture above depicts soldiers walking behind terrified children, including a naked nine-year-old girl named Phan Thi Kim Phuc, running down a country road after a napalm attack on their village. This is a famous war photograph, taken by Nick Ut, that depicts the horrors of the Vietnam War and unveils them to the world.

The terrified girl in the photograph had to rip off her clothes after a large amount of napalm fell on her. …


The rise and fall of Kevin Carter

A photo of “The Struggling Girl” Courtesy of allthatsintersesting.com

The picture above of a vulture and a starving child is a famous photograph by Kevin Carter. The photograph became known as “The Struggling Girl” and depicted the Sudan famine in 1993.

In this photograph, the child (believed to be a girl) was attempting to reach a United Nations feeding center about a half-mile away in Ayod, Sudan (now South Sudan). But it was later announced that the child was a boy and the vulture nearby was waiting eagerly for carrion. In March 1994, the photo won the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. …


The life of James Butler

A picture of James Butler

On November 23, 2001, at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, New York. Two boxers, James Butler and his opponent, Richard “The Alien” Grant face each other in a charity match. The event was for the benefit of surviving New York firemen and police officers of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.

Unfortunately, by an unanimous decision, Butler lost the match to Richard Grant. While Richard Grant celebrated, Butler had his gloves removed. Richard Grant walked over to Butler’s side of the ring for an expected exchange of congratulations.

But Butler had another thing in mind, instead of…


This is Lagos.

The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge

Lagos.

They say if you could survive in this city, you could survive anywhere in the country or perhaps the world.

Lagos is the second-largest city in Africa, with a total number of 14.8 million people living in it as of 2021. It is the hustling city of Nigeria. A city where dreams are made and if you are able to work smart you will probably make it big in Lagos.

It is a place not for the faint-hearted.

I live in Port-Harcourt; A place with less noise, not many people, and compared to the hustling and bustling of Lagosians…


More fashion catwalk than criminal line-up.

Herbert Ellis. 1920.

When someone mentions the word mugshot, the definition that comes to our mind (perhaps) is usually “an unflattering photograph of a person’s face, taken after a person is arrested.” It is simply the worst kind of photograph anyone would like to take.

But between the year 1910 to 1930 mugshots taken in Australia were of a whole different level. Men and women who were convicted for different crimes, where placed in front of the camera wearing their best clothes, smiling and posing as they like.

It almost seemed like they were taking an expensive portrait photograph. But do not be…


A True Halloween Crime Story.

Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash

At about 12.30am Halloween night, a red G-registered Ford Escort was parked on Holland street, Radcliffe in Greater Manchester. Wearing a white sheet that covered the neck down to the legs and a horrifying Scream mask, the driver walked out of the car and headed to the property of Diana Lomax.

With a sawn-off shotgun hiding beneath the white sheet, the intruder began banging the front door of Diana Lomax’s home.

When the homeowner refused to answer the door, the banging continued. The noise got the attention of Diana Lomax’s neighbor, a 43-year old former soldier named Bob Wilkie.

Bob…


Kissing the war goodbye

A U.S. Navy sailor embracing and kissing a woman in white (a dental assistant) in New York City’s Times Square

“The war is over… the Japanese have surrendered.” were the words a 22-year-old George Mendonsa, and his future wife Rita Petry, heard at Radio City Music Hall while watching a show in August 1945.

People from outside had bust into the Hall, yelling “The war is over!”

Excited, the couple and everyone in the hall ran out and into the street to celebrate. The bars in the city were filled with people wanting to be drunk. The glasses were lined up along the bars and the bartenders kept pouring drinks for their customers.

George, tipsy and still in the mood…

Reginald Ben-Halliday

Reginald is a writer, an accounting student and a dog lover.

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