Travel Log #7 “Exploring Stereotypes” By Andrew Rivera Barcelona, Spain

When watching the video Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire I was really blown away. I know that I am very lucky to live the life that I have, but some of the visuals that the video depicts is eye opening. Also after reading the Bill of Human rights it was clear to me that sometimes we take these rights for granted. Living in Barcelona, and even back home in the states, we have all that we could ever need. However, some people around the world are surviving with nothing. The human rights editorial cartoon that I picked was a barely alive woman that is clearly struggling and needs help, with numerous people in the background. The setting is in a baron dessert looking place, with no plants around and a big sun beaming down on the woman. The people in the back are not as concerned as they should be. This woman is clearly struggling and no one is helping.


One of the human right articles that this could be related to is article 25 that states, “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…” The woman is bone thin, barely has any clothes on and the objects next to her are bare. The government and the people of that place should have been there to help someone in need, especially when these people are dressed un suits and fancy clothes. Some personal examples that you see when you are studying abroad is the homeless people. My everyday commute to school is about 15 minuets and every time I see at least three homeless people and sometimes they even have disabilities. Everyone has the right to these ‘rights’ but not everyone is able to achieve that because of their situations and money. I think that even with the universal declaration of human rights, and getting more people involved with the human rights movement it is impossible for them to allow every single person to have these rights. I believe that many people have been attempting to incorporate more human rights to the people struggling. But the violations of the global treatment have not come with consequences that hold people accountable. Overall every human would need to and want to make a difference for everyone to have equal human rights and this is something that I see being very irrational, even though it would be beneficial for all of the struggling people.


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