Photographer explains the viral photo of a crying child at the border

Jun 19, 2018

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Photographer explains the viral photo of a crying child at the border

Jun 19, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy has seen the separation of thousands of parents from their children. Getty Images photographer John Moore documented what this policy looks like in a single photo that quickly became viral. CNN reporter Ana Cabrera interviewed Moore about his gut-wrenching photo of a crying toddler. In this video, he shares the story of what was going on that night and how he documented it.

Moore was in Texas’ Río Grande Valley on a ride-along with Border Patrol, photographing their activities. When anyone crossed to the U.S. side of the border, Border Patrol would gather them all together and take their names and IDs. Moore admits that seeing the children in the crowd was particularly emotional for him, considering that he is a father himself. For the same reason, this photo was especially difficult for him to take.

The photographer had the opportunity to speak to the girl’s mother very briefly. She told him that they had come from Honduras and had been travelling through Mexico for a month. At the point when they reached Mexican border, they had already been through a lot. The mother was among the last people to be body-searched before entering the van that would take her to the processing room. An officer asked her to put down her child, she burst into tears, and this is when Moore took the photo.

He explains that it’s not uncommon for toddlers to experience separation anxiety and start crying when a parent puts them down. But in a situation like this, it takes on an entirely different context and gives a new meaning to the little girl’s tears.

Moore told the reporter that he has covered situations like this multiple times. At the time they cross the border, these parents don’t know that they will be separated from their children. But having seen these situations before, the photographer knew it. Because of this, he admits that taking these photos was always difficult for him “as a journalist, as a human being, and especially as a father.”

After taking this photo, the mother and her daughter were put into a van and driven away. Moore explains that the separation process happens far from cameras, and this is as close as you can get to this horrible situation as a journalist. He felt overwhelmed with emotions, as he tells the reporter. Sadly, he couldn’t do anything, but the photo remains to testify to the horrible treatment these parents and children go through.

[Photographer explains photo of crying toddler at border via FStoppers]

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17 responses to “Photographer explains the viral photo of a crying child at the border”

  1. Sandra Hould Avatar
    Sandra Hould

    Great job by the journalist to show how this dreadful policy is and how it is destroying lives as this will leave a scar that will never go away for both child and parent. It angers me to see that they are allowing this to happen in 2018. The Trump administration should be ashamed of themselves. They are the monsters, not the immigrants. and I hope that they will severely pay for what they are doing.

    1. Michael Estwik Avatar
      Michael Estwik

      Trump ain’t alone. We have a whole fucking union called the European Union that does the same shit.

    2. Glen Wilkerson Avatar
      Glen Wilkerson

      You lefties are so full of it.

      1. TByte Avatar
        TByte

        Compassion?

    3. Jim DeLooze Avatar
      Jim DeLooze

      Get your facts straight Glen. The house was controlled by republicans in 2002 and the president was republican. Saying this is the Democrats fault is equivalent to the mafia blaming a store owner of loosing his store to a fire because he wouldn’t pay protection money.

    4. Erin Guest Avatar
      Erin Guest

      Glen, I couldn’t give a fat rat’s fuck if it was the Dems or Reps who were responsible for any law permitting this bullshit. IT SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING. Pointing out the legislation just makes you as cold as the people acting on it.

    5. シャストリ マニッシュ Avatar
      シャストリ マニッシュ

      Let the justice be done though the hevans may fall.

    6. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
      Adrian J Nyaoi

      Try entering China ilegally and see where you end up.

      1. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
        Chainsaw Charlie

        Probably in prison, not in a cage.

      2. TByte Avatar
        TByte

        …because we want to use China as our moral standard?

  2. Brent Morrison Avatar
    Brent Morrison

    This picture could be labeled “man stops to comfort mom and daughter after running over little girls kitten”. When l lived in the mountians east of San Diego l lit up hundreds of illegals crossing my property at night and never saw one wearing a red sweatshirt or a woman,running the predator gauntlet, wearing tight revealing jeans. Just my observation, be skeptical !!

  3. Thomas Murillo Avatar
    Thomas Murillo

    Who’s to blame for the 20,000+ children in foster care due to their parents incarceration ?

  4. Deirdre Ann Avatar
    Deirdre Ann

    Absolutely barbaric. This is what humanity has come down to. Anyone thought about the children? How they will grow from this? Absolutely awful and disgusting

  5. JohnC Avatar
    JohnC

    Going to miss the few good articles on here

  6. Jorge Pastrana Avatar
    Jorge Pastrana

    Great work by John Moore , hope this helps to spread the word about whats happening in the border