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A Picture and Its Story

RTX19YU0
Suicide at Farmers' Protest - 23 Mar 2015
A farmer hanged himself from a tree during a political rally in New Delhi on Wednesday, in what appeared to be a desperate protest against the hardship felt by many people scratching a living in rural India.

Four people climbed the tree to try to save the man after he was seen hanging. They released his body to a crowd below where people tried to catch it in plastic sheets, a Reuters photographer at the scene witnessed.

More than a dozen debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide in India in recent weeks as discontent grows against Prime Minister Narendra Modi who they say has done little to ease the plight of rural communities after crops were damaged by unseasonable rains.
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RTX19TT3
April 22, 2015
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer is seen hanging from a tree...
New Delhi, India
A farmer is seen hanging from a tree during a rally organized by Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) in...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer is seen hanging from a tree during a rally organized by Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) in New Delhi April 22, 2015.
Adnan Abidi: “I had seen this man, along with others, climbing the tree a few hours earlier when I arrived. He sat on a branch lower down. It’s normal in India; people often sit in trees to see what’s going on in events like these.

I was standing in the media enclosure listening to the speeches by the leaders when suddenly I heard people shouting and yelling. They weren’t sure what the man in the tree was doing.

Quickly I got to higher ground around 50 meters from where I was standing and saw people were looking towards a tree. I saw a human figure through the leaves.

As soon as I realised what I was seeing it was really shocking. This was the man I had seen climbing the tree only a few hours before.

When I saw him hanging I really wanted to climb the tree to help him. I grew up in a village and I know how to climb trees. But I couldn’t, firstly because I have an injured left hand, secondly because I soon realised there was only one thing I could do: show what was happening. I decided to do my job. It was a very quick decision for me to make.

I reached and pointed my camera using a telephoto lens. When I started shooting photos few protestors began pushing me, asking me leave my camera and save the man. So I had to change my position otherwise I wouldn’t have shot any photos. They were getting very angry with me.

The main challenge was dealing with the crowd and making my way to find a perfect spot to get a clear picture.

To see someone hanging there, with no movement in his body, that was such a shock to me.”
REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-FARMERS/
RTX19TRT
April 22, 2015
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer is seen hanging from a tree...
New Delhi, India
Supporters of Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) try to rescue a farmer who hung himself from a tree...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer is seen hanging from a tree during a rally organized by Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) in New Delhi April 22, 2015.
Adnan Abidi: “I had seen this man, along with others, climbing the tree a few hours earlier when I arrived. He sat on a branch lower down. It’s normal in India; people often sit in trees to see what’s going on in events like these.

I was standing in the media enclosure listening to the speeches by the leaders when suddenly I heard people shouting and yelling. They weren’t sure what the man in the tree was doing.

Quickly I got to higher ground around 50 meters from where I was standing and saw people were looking towards a tree. I saw a human figure through the leaves.

As soon as I realised what I was seeing it was really shocking. This was the man I had seen climbing the tree only a few hours before.

When I saw him hanging I really wanted to climb the tree to help him. I grew up in a village and I know how to climb trees. But I couldn’t, firstly because I have an injured left hand, secondly because I soon realised there was only one thing I could do: show what was happening. I decided to do my job. It was a very quick decision for me to make.

I reached and pointed my camera using a telephoto lens. When I started shooting photos few protestors began pushing me, asking me leave my camera and save the man. So I had to change my position otherwise I wouldn’t have shot any photos. They were getting very angry with me.

The main challenge was dealing with the crowd and making my way to find a perfect spot to get a clear picture.

To see someone hanging there, with no movement in his body, that was such a shock to me.”
REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-FARMERS/
RTX19TRD
April 22, 2015
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer is seen hanging from a tree...
New Delhi, India
Supporters of Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) try to rescue a farmer who hung himself from a tree...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer is seen hanging from a tree during a rally organized by Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) in New Delhi April 22, 2015.
Adnan Abidi: “I had seen this man, along with others, climbing the tree a few hours earlier when I arrived. He sat on a branch lower down. It’s normal in India; people often sit in trees to see what’s going on in events like these.

I was standing in the media enclosure listening to the speeches by the leaders when suddenly I heard people shouting and yelling. They weren’t sure what the man in the tree was doing.

Quickly I got to higher ground around 50 meters from where I was standing and saw people were looking towards a tree. I saw a human figure through the leaves.

As soon as I realised what I was seeing it was really shocking. This was the man I had seen climbing the tree only a few hours before.

When I saw him hanging I really wanted to climb the tree to help him. I grew up in a village and I know how to climb trees. But I couldn’t, firstly because I have an injured left hand, secondly because I soon realised there was only one thing I could do: show what was happening. I decided to do my job. It was a very quick decision for me to make.

I reached and pointed my camera using a telephoto lens. When I started shooting photos few protestors began pushing me, asking me leave my camera and save the man. So I had to change my position otherwise I wouldn’t have shot any photos. They were getting very angry with me.

The main challenge was dealing with the crowd and making my way to find a perfect spot to get a clear picture.

To see someone hanging there, with no movement in his body, that was such a shock to me.”
REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-FARMERS/
RTX19TRL
April 22, 2015
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer is seen hanging from a tree...
New Delhi, India
A supporter of Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) tries to rescue a farmer who hung himself from a tree...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer is seen hanging from a tree during a rally organized by Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) in New Delhi April 22, 2015.
Adnan Abidi: “I had seen this man, along with others, climbing the tree a few hours earlier when I arrived. He sat on a branch lower down. It’s normal in India; people often sit in trees to see what’s going on in events like these.

I was standing in the media enclosure listening to the speeches by the leaders when suddenly I heard people shouting and yelling. They weren’t sure what the man in the tree was doing.

Quickly I got to higher ground around 50 meters from where I was standing and saw people were looking towards a tree. I saw a human figure through the leaves.

As soon as I realised what I was seeing it was really shocking. This was the man I had seen climbing the tree only a few hours before.

When I saw him hanging I really wanted to climb the tree to help him. I grew up in a village and I know how to climb trees. But I couldn’t, firstly because I have an injured left hand, secondly because I soon realised there was only one thing I could do: show what was happening. I decided to do my job. It was a very quick decision for me to make.

I reached and pointed my camera using a telephoto lens. When I started shooting photos few protestors began pushing me, asking me leave my camera and save the man. So I had to change my position otherwise I wouldn’t have shot any photos. They were getting very angry with me.

The main challenge was dealing with the crowd and making my way to find a perfect spot to get a clear picture.

To see someone hanging there, with no movement in his body, that was such a shock to me.”
REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-FARMERS/
RTX19TPU
April 22, 2015
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer who hung himself from a...
New Delhi, India
A farmer who hung himself from a tree is seen mid-air after being released by people during a rally organized...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

A farmer who hung himself from a tree is seen mid-air after being released by people during a rally organized by Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) in New Delhi April 22, 2015. Four people climbed the tree to try to save the man after he was seen hanging. They released his body to a crowd below where people tried to catch it in plastic sheets, a Reuters photographer at the scene witnessed. More than a dozen debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide in India in recent weeks as discontent grows against Prime Minister Narendra Modi who they say has done little to ease the plight of rural communities after crops were damaged by unseasonable rains. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-FARMERS/
RTX19TRO
April 22, 2015
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

Protesters try to catch a farmer...
New Delhi, India
Protesters try to catch a farmer who hung himself from a tree in plastic sheets after his body was released...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

Protesters try to catch a farmer who hung himself from a tree in plastic sheets after his body was released by people during a rally organized by Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP) in New Delhi April 22, 2015. Four people climbed the tree to try to save the man after he was seen hanging. They released his body to a crowd below where people tried to catch it in plastic sheets, a Reuters photographer at the scene witnessed. More than a dozen debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide in India in recent weeks as discontent grows against Prime Minister Narendra Modi who they say has done little to ease the plight of rural communities after crops were damaged by unseasonable rains. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
INDIA-FARMERS/
RTX19TUY
April 22, 2015
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

Protesters carry a farmer, who hung...
New Delhi, India
Protesters carry a farmer, who hung himself from a tree, towards an ambulance after being released from...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY

Protesters carry a farmer, who hung himself from a tree, towards an ambulance after being released from the tree during a rally organized by Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP), in New Delhi April 22, 2015. Four people climbed the tree to try to save the man after he was seen hanging. They released his body to a crowd below where people tried to catch it in plastic sheets, a Reuters photographer at the scene witnessed. More than a dozen debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide in India in recent weeks as discontent grows against Prime Minister Narendra Modi who they say has done little to ease the plight of rural communities after crops were damaged by unseasonable rains. The cap of the protester (R) reads: “ I want full freedom”. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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