As heavily as I am into preparedness, I know there are likely limits I will reach that will prohibit success. I prep and prey I never reach those limits. In a truly bad situation, this is what survival is about. Take a look at the picture below and then read some of the information. I've heard a survivor of a famine tell me that one of the crucial traits of the survivors is an ability to walk past starving people, when you have what you believe to be enough food, but keeping it to yourself because you've got an idea of the scope of the problem. It's worse than it appears. © Tom Stoddart Getty images. A well-nourished Sudanese man steals maize from a starving child during food distribution at a medecins sans frontieres feeding centre, Ajiep, Sudan, in 1998 The most famous picture from this harrowing photo-essay showed a skeletal boy who had waited for hours to receive the very limited supplies of aid available 'The boy was crawling along the ground with a bag of maize and I was making pictures of the scene,' Stoddart told me in 2009. 'Suddenly a guy walked past me and picked up the maize and left very quickly.' Stoddart's photograph records the exhausted boy's expression as he looks towards the relatively wealthy, well-dressed and well-fed man striding away with his food. As well as recording an actual incident as it happened, the picture also works on another level. 'From my point of view,' continued Stoddart, 'it's a symbolic image of Africa as it shows a man with a stick keeping everyone else down. The picture works because of several components – the man's finger pointing down on the stick, the fact that you can see the maize through the bag and the completely disdainful expression on the boy's face.' Icons of Photography – Iconic Photograph Famine in Sudan by Tom Stoddart features - Amateur Photographer - news, camera reviews, lens reviews, camera equipment guides, photography courses, competitions, photography forums That's not disdain, it's a whole lot more in that boy's expression and dispair leads it but all that's irrelevant. The truth is that man is a hard core survivor who is taking care of himself and his own. He's hardened himself enough where the suffering of others is irrelevant to him and he will prevail. I don't accept the ethnocentric notion of 'well, that's Africa' and assuming we're different. Happened in Europe too. It wasn't the good and pure, and kind who survived the concentration camps, the gulags, and other horrific, long-term, horrific situations, it was self involved, heartless SOB's. If it gets bad enough, a horrific long-term famine, those who survive won't be the 'best' people. The compassionate died. None of us can feed everyone, I guess it's best to simply be away from everyone else if possible and be very wary and cautious when running across other survivors.