Skip To Content
    Posted on Oct 30, 2015

    23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

    Here are the most moving, sorrowful, and beautiful pictures from the past week.

    Ahmed Saad / Stringer Iraq / Reuters

    An Iraqi boy poses for a photo as Iraq Shi'ite Muslims commemorate Ashura in Baghdad. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the seventh century battle of Karbala.

    David Ramos / Getty Images

    In this picture, the intricate design inside the Basilica of 'La Sagrada Familia' in Barcelona, Spain is shown. 'La Sagrada Familia' Foundation announced on October 21 that the temple has entered its final construction phase, over 100 years after the first stone was laid on March 19, 1882.

    Michel Cottin / Getty Images

    Tessa Worley of France is seen in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom in Soelden, Austria.

    Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty Images

    Refugees and migrants arrive at Lesbos island after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. An EU scheme to relocate asylum seekers from overstretched Italy and Greece could grind to a halt just two weeks after it began if member states fail to meet their obligations, an EU source said.

    Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    Ninety-year old Bakhtavar Nazary of Bamyan, Afghanistan, warms herself by a fire at the increasingly overwhelmed Moria camp on the island of Lesbos in Mitilini, Greece. Dozens of rafts and boats are still making the journey as thousands flee conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other countries.

    Brett Gundlock / Getty Images

    A child looks out a window from a city bus as it drives through a flooded street after heavy flooding from Hurricane Patricia in Tecoman, Colima, Mexico. Hurricane Patricia struck Mexico's West coast as the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, but rapidly lost energy as it moved inland.

    J Pat Carter / Getty Images

    Emergency officials stand over wreckage after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The car slammed into a crowd, killing four and injuring at least 47 before the Kansas Oklahoma State football game.

    Mohammad Sajjad / AP

    Pakistani soldiers carry a victim of Monday's earthquake after she was airlifted from Chitral, at Peshawar airbase in Pakistan. Rescuers are struggling to reach quake-stricken regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday as officials said the combined death toll from the previous day's earthquake rose to hundreds.

    Anjum Naveed / AP

    A Pakistani woman, who lost her two grandsons in Monday's earthquake, mourns as she sits on the rubble of her destroyed home, in Jinjara village in Chitral, a district of Northern Pakistan.

    Leonhard Foeger / Reuters

    A waiter serves a pizza to a group of migrants waiting at the Austrian Slovenian border near the village of Sentilj, Slovenia. Slovenia called on the European Union to take immediate action to stem the flow of refugees and migrants.

    Santi Palacios / AP

    A local resident cries as she holds the body of a dead baby on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. The deaths occurred amid a surge of crossings to Greek islands involving migrants and refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries ahead of winter.

    Win Mcnamee / Getty Images

    Members of the Army's Old Guard carry the casket U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers during a burial service for Meyers at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Meyers, whose remains were only recently identified due to advances in technology, was declared missing in action in December of 1950, after his unit was involved in combat operations near Sunchon, North Korea.

    Ian Forsyth / Getty Images

    A spectacular light display illuminates the historic Whitby Abbey in Whitby, England. The famous Benedictine abbey will be illuminated over four nights to coincide with Halloween and the popular Whitby Goth Weekend. The Abbey was part of the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula.

    Rebecca Blackwell / AP

    A convoy of soldiers are seen trying to reach the village of Rebalse, outside Cihuatlan, Jalisco state, Mexico, after hearing reports that it was flooded due to hurricane Patricia. The soldiers were later able to access the village via another badly broken and flooded road as they drove past devastated banana fields.

    Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

    Fatma Tarnouni, a 106 year old Berber woman with facial tattoos, sits inside her house in the Aures Mountain near the eastern city of Batna, Algeria. Fatma was tattooed at age 10 by a man from the Sahara region. "It was the rule, it was fashionable too. All the girls were tattooed. To be beautiful, you had to be tattooed, so I did it." Some believers have told these Muslim women that by allowing the tattoos they committed a sin according to Islam. "Today I regret being tattooed." Tarnouni said. "I will be punished by God and I would be eaten by the snake in my grave. If I knew it was not permitted by my religion, of course I would not have done it." says Fatma.

    Francisco Seco / AP

    Sheep are led by shepherds through Madrid city center, Spain. Shepherds guided a flock of around 2,000 sheep through Madrid streets in defense of ancient grazing, driving and migration rights, which are increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices.

    Stringer . / Reuters

    Policemen detain a person dressed as Star Wars character Chewbacca, during a regional election near a polling station in Odessa, Ukraine. Ukrainians go to the polls on Sunday to appoint mayors and council heads to regional seats. The person was detained for illegal election-day campaigning, according to local media.

    Gerald Herbert / AP

    World War II veteran David Oreck, age 92, sits in the center bombardier seat of a B-29 Superfortress bomber, during a flight over New Orleans, Louisiana. Oreck flew missions in a B-29 during the war. The plane, part of the Commemorative Air Force, is in town for the WWII AirPower Expo 2015, hosted by the National World War II Museum, which runs through the weekend.

    Buda Mendes / Getty Images

    Brazilian indigenous natives participate in the tug-of-war competition of the first World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil.

    Yannis Behrakis / Reuters

    A Syrian refugee laughs as she arrives onboard a raft during a rainstorm on the Greek island of Lesbos.

    China Stringer Network / Reuters

    People holding baby pandas born in 2015 pose during a photo opportunity at a giant panda breeding centre in Ya'an, Sichuan province, China. About 18 pandas born in 2015 were shown to media at the center last Saturday.

    Vadim Ghirda / AP

    A child runs under a large flag, as supporters of the monarchy march to celebrate the 94th birthday of former Romanian King Michael I, in Bucharest, Romania. Monarchy supporters carried a 150 meters long flag on a main boulevard in the Romanian capital to celebrate the former king's birthday.

    Mary Altaffer / AP

    A paralyzed rescue dog named Miss Lexi shows off her "Google Maps street view car" costume in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade.


    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form