On March 2012, 32-year old Aida lost her husband and two of her children in a Syrian army attack on her home in the city of Idlib. Rodgrigo Abd's picture of Aida in tears -- desperation reflected in her eyes -- highlighted the extreme suffering of Syria's civilians and was one of the iconic images of 2012.
In 2012, photographers captured the unspeakable pain of war and the thrill of victory, devastating natural disasters and the harsh realities of the economic crisis. Photos of New York City going dark during Hurricane City, a naked protester running through the streets of Athens, or Felix Baumgartner moments before he broke the sound barrier represent some of the year's most defining moments.
HuffPost World gathered the 40 images of 2012 you will always remember. Take a look in the slideshow below.