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Erik Ravelo's "The Untouchables" Project Brings Childhood Oppression To Light In A Controversial Way (NSFW)

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05/09/2014 11:35 am
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Sometimes I come across a story that is so powerful, it requires very few words from me. And in the case of Erik Ravelo's Los Intocables (The Untouchables) project, this proves to be true. Ravelo decided to use his artistic talent to bring the focus to the injustice that children face in our world. The children appear to be crucified on a cross of their oppressors. Each photo represents a child's loss of innocence, through no fault of their own. Ravelo wrote on his website that this project was meant to focus on the fact that "the right to childhood should be protected." The photos are extremely controversial; but oh-so-powerful. So controversial, in fact, that they have been censored on Facebook. Something that, as a Cuban, Ravelo is familiar with. Though the fact that they're being censored in the States threw him for a loop. He told the Huffington Post that he is "Used to governmental censorship from Cuba but with this, my first reaction was 'woah'." He also stated that he's not interested in fighting the censorship, but has decided spend his time and effort promoting his work. Take a look at the photos and their meaning below.
THAILANDIA3 This photo is to bring to the light the terrible sexual tourism abuse young girls experience in Thailand.
SIRIA3 This photo focuses on the impact that the war in Syria has on the native children.
PRIEST3 This photo focuses on the terrible sexual abuse that is not only performed by members of the Vatican and the Catholic faith, but because of the numerous cover ups, condoned by them as well.
mckdonalds3 This photo brings to light the dangerous trend of childhood obesity and the fact that the fast food restaurants bear the burden of blame.
USA3 This photo centers on free weapons and their ready availability in the US.
This photo focuses on illegal organ trafficking and that the victims are usually impoverished children from third world countries. This photo focuses on illegal organ trafficking and that the victims are usually impoverished children from third world countries.
Huffington Post's attempts to contact Facebook regarding the censorship has gone unanswered, but we want to know what you think. Answer our poll questions below and let us know if you think; that art is art and should be accepted as such, or if you think Facebook was warranted in taking the photos down. [yop_poll id="25"] Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!

     

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