Sometimes it is harder to accept the gift of life than to give it.
About these pictures –
Top: On June 4, 1989, the Chinese government violently dispersed thousands of protesters who had peacefully gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing for six weeks, calling for political reform and an end to corruption. As it happened, journalists photographed one unarmed man standing in front of a column of tanks, delaying their deployment to the square. To this day his identity and fate remain unknown, but his bravery made it possible for many to escape death.
Bottom: Wang Nan was one of the student protesters who died that day. His mother, Zhang Xianling, joined with the parents of others killed at Tiananmen Square to hold their government accountable for its actions – and by their example inspire multitudes to strive to make a difference for good even in the face of impossible odds.