Actually the child was a girl. Kevin Carter couldn’t help her because he was told by authorities not to touch starving victims, as they may have diseases.. all he could do was chase the vulture away. He committed suicide a few months later whilst suffering from depression, partly because of the horrors he had seen. Part of his suicide note read: “I am depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings & corpses & anger & pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners …”. The only “good” thing to come out of the authorities saying he could not help the girl (although I agree it is a terrible thing he couldn’t help) is that this photograph has become such a strong reminder and motivator to help, and therefore it has hopefully saved many more lives.