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35 Incredibly Powerful Hugs

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Ed Zurga / Reuters

David Vanderhoofven is comforted by his neighbor Dan Regouby as they stand where Vanderhoofven's home used to be in Joplin, Missouri. Vanderhoofven's 13-month-old son and wife were killed in the tornado.



Mariana Bazo / Reuters

A construction worker who survived the collapse of a wall embraces his sister in Peru. At least 8 construction workers were buried under the debris of a concrete wall that collapsed during the construction of a building in Lima. (2008)


Rick Wilking / Reuters

Bill Janz reunites with his dog Abby after she was found safe after a fire. Janz was away when the fire started and Abby was left behind. When a fire truck approached their home during the fire, Abby jumped in and was saved. (2010)



Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Friends and family members embrace on the beach after memorial services marking the 10th anniversary of Flight TWA 800. TWA Flight 800 exploded in 1996 over the Atlantic Ocean after taking off from New York en route for Paris. All 230 people on board died. (2006)



Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Cori Walters hugs her daughter Hannah at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California. An annual Mother's Day event, Get On The Bus, brings children in California to visit their mothers in prison. (2012)



Lee Jae-Won / Reuters

Lee Chang-hee, mother of South Korean sergeant Yoon Jang-ho, is comforted by a relative at her home in Seoul. Sergeant Yoon was among those killed in a suicide bomb attack outside a U.S. military base in Afghanistan where U.S. vice President Dick Cheney was visiting. (2007)



Victor Ruiz Caballero / Reuters

Demonstrators take cover from tear gas as they clash with riot police during a protest to demand for changes to the public state education system in Santiago, Chile. (2011)



Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters

Satsuko Yatsuzaka holds a therapeutic robot named Paro at a retirement home in Japan. For some elderly survivors of Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami, comfort comes in the form of a small white robotic seal. (2011)


Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Holocaust survivor Betty Stein, 92, hugs coach Bella Livshin after playing ping pong at a program for people with Alzheimer's and dementia. Founder Mikhail Zaretsksky says the sport does not cure, or even slow down the disease, but helps the 100 participants by raising their heart rate and the blood flow to their brains. He says it helps their depression, improves their balance, and makes them more alert. (2011)