The photographer could have saved this boy's life, but because of the photographer's ethics code he was prevented from helping in any way. This haunted him, and led him to commit suicide..
The actual facts:
1. The photographer, Kevin Carter, did intervene. He chased the vulture away right after taking the photo.
2. There is no "photographer's ethics code" that said he should not have intervened.
3. The child in the photo is a girl, not a boy.
4. The girl was approaching a nearby famine relief center and had stopped to rest when this picture was taken. There is every reason to believe she got there and was fed. Admittedly, though, there is no way to know for sure. And admittedly, Carter did not help her get there.
5. The photo was taken in March 1993, and Carter committed suicide in July 1994. That was approximately 490 days later, not 3 days.
6. Carter's suicide note said he was despondent over his dire financial problems and the memories of what he saw while on assignment in Sudan. This image is but one of many very disturbing things he saw there.
7. There is thus no reason to attribute his suicide to this specific photo.
PS: This post was shared from a google search and a corresponding facebook group I landed on while surfing the net and I don't take any credit for this post. Thank you.