This Week in Pictures: Aug. 13-19
The news desks of the world this week were, of course, dominated by the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The athletes from the United States, despite a few hiccups, have proved to be a powerful force, leading all countries both in gold medals and total medals. The Rio Olympic Games have been incredibly colorful, not just in their pools, but throughout the entire surrounding atmosphere. However, the stark contrasts between the events and the marginalized communities in the region continued to surface. Unfortunately for the IOC, the attendance at the Olympics appeared to be underwhelming, even though the athletes have shown impeccable form, beating several records.
A wildfire sparked in California and ripped across the landscape, leaving countless families without homes. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, massive rainfall caused an enormous flood, claiming the homes of more countless families and the lives of at least 13 individuals.
In New York, the seemingly random shooting of a much-loved Imam left an entire community shaken and grieving. Many of the mourners took to the streets to show their anger and sadness in the wake of the tragic killing, and to affirm the true humanity of the Muslim community.
In South Africa, the case of the 1997 kidnapping of Zephany Nurse finally came to a close after the unnamed suspect was sent to jail for ten years. Celeste Nurse’s newborn was kidnapped in the maternity ward. Only when Celeste Nurse’s second child, Cassidy, attended a new school, she appeared to look incredibly similar to another student who was four years older than her. They quickly became friends and not too long later, DNA tests were ordered, ultimately leading to this week’s conclusion.
On Tuesday, India celebrated its independence from colonial rule. While celebrations were jubilant and colorful, it was not so in Indian-ruled Kashmir. After four civilians were killed during an enforcement of a curfew, which was set in place after a top rebel leader was killed, massive protests began to break out.
Despite these deaths, mournings and horrors of climate change, the Olympic Games continue to shine a light towards the beauty and magnificence of humanity. Be sure to see our most recent highlights from Rio in this slideshow.