Human Rights: The Rights to be Human!

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Look at the wordle above.  Can you make some links between the words that catch your attention?

The word that stands out the most is “RIGHT”.  Think of yourself as a person, as a citizen of your own country.  Are there any rights you think you are not guaranteed?  What about other countries?  Can you think of any right that is not safeguarded?  If you refer to what you read in the papers or what you watch on newscast on TV, that may help you.

Look at this poster created by Simone Verza.  What malaise do you think he denounces?

human-rightsThe title of this poster is: When lying on paper human rights can hurt.  

(source: http://good50x70.org/2010/2007-edition/human-rights-violation/)

So one important article of the Human Rights Declaration is not respected in Simone’s view.  What is it?

Look at the Human Rights Declaration, find out the aricle that is violated and while reading the document jot down on a piece of paper the other possible articles that you think you see violated in your own country.  Obviously be prepared to provide examples.

2013-10-16-humanrightsfinalIf you find it difficult to read the above poster, you can download the following pdf document, which mentions the number of the articles:  eng

Look at the following images, what aspects do they have in common?

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Watch this video, it will give you a general idea of what we are going to investigate together!

Now watch another video meant to disclose to people what human rights are. What extra information do we learn from it?

Which video do you like better? Why?

What are human rights then?  How would you define them?  Do you think most people know?  Watch just the first 43 seconds of the video, then stop it.

The very fact that most people do not know how to define human rights implies that we need to “do a little bit of homework” (as one speaker says) to make sure that we know what our rights are and we can do our best to safeguard them, for our sake, but also for the sake of other humans.

humanrights-01Now let’s go on watching the video and let’s take notes on the history of human rights.

I had asked you to go to the photograph exhibition by Pierpaolo Mittica entitled “Ashes” (a very powerful name, imbued with painful meaning!) dedicated to the safeguard of human rights.  Ms. Cimetta dedicated a nice post to the exhibition, look at it!

I asked you to carry out two CREATIVE TASKS:

1. Choose a photo (the one that strikes you the most, the one that speaks to you deeply) and write a monologue through the eyes of something that catches your attention: it could the sky in the chosen photo, or the shoes of a child, etc.

2. While looking at the photos and watching the videos jot down thoughts, feelings in key words.  Use those words to write a poem entitled “Ashes”.

These are the photos I chose along with my “creative pieces”.

header Piccoli-Schiavi-BangladeshmThis is my contribution:

TASK 1

At the beginning we did not like each other.  We were both used to being worn on the left, but the little boy did not let us be ourselves.  He forced one of us to change habits.  The ankle boot was furious.  I was blessed (the sandal!), I was free to follow my own nature.  This is the reason why I (the sandal) and Mr. Fashion (the ankle book) got on each other’s nerves straight away.  I despised him and he loathed me.

Things changed after a short while.  At the beginning we were blind, we did not know what was happening, we did not think of things.  In other words we were superficial.  Then, we both started grasping things and we understood we were lucky and we made a difference once again.  We realized we had been dumped, the owners who had loved us once, had thrown us away heartlessly.  How ungrateful! They could have kept us for longer.  We were not worn out at all, but you know how things work in the “upper spheres”: the more money they have the more they squander.  They think they make the world go round by buying things all the time.  To me, they are just spoilt, their life acquires meaning only in the act of purchasing something.  They exist because they buy.  Poor them.  That’s why our masters were so ungrateful.  When they dumped us, they did not make sure that we were not going to be separated from our twin shoe.  Ruthless bastards.  Where is my twin brother now?  I miss him.

I have another brother now, though.  I jokingly call him Mr. Fashion because he is trendier than me.  He belonged to a higher caste.  You can see that immediately.  He must have cost his master a fortune, but…now he is in the same sinking boat with me.  We used to tread the floors of nice houses, the pavements of safe places in Calcutta.  Now we are smeared in dust and at times in dung too.  You may think that our existence sucks.  Well, it may stink at times, but it does not suck at all.  Know why? We have a mission.  We make a difference in the life of Amal.  His name means “bright, clean, pure, hope” in Hindu.  He is not clean, because he lives in the dumpsite, BUT he is bright, yes so bright.  One day, while sifting through the trash, he prayed and prayed for shoes.  His feet were swollen, sore; there were deep cuts on the soles of his feet.  A broken bottle was to be blamed, he had not seen it, so… Well, to cut a long story short (you’ve understood I love words so I am pretty long-winded!) his mantra went like this:

Om Bhur Bhuva Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat
On the absolute reality and its planes,
On that finest spiritual light,
We meditate, as remover of obstacles
That it may inspire and enlighten us.

How couldn’t his prayers be listened to?   He delved his hook deep inside the huge fuming heaps of rubbish and I was the first one to resurrect.  You should have seen Amal’s face.  Beaming with joy.  He hoped he could find my twin brother.  So he continued with his mantra and he plunged the hook repeatedly into the smelly trash.  His eyes were like the eyes of a maniac.  He wanted to find the pairing shoe.  He longed for it.  The hook was drawn out of the mound heavy with discarded things and with them Mr. Fashion popped up.  Amal was incredulous at first.  That was not what he was hoping for.  His disappointment elapsed in a few seconds.  As soon as he put us on he collapsed on the trash and started weeping.  He was so grateful.  He was so joyful.  Mr. Fashion and I were irate at first, but when we heard Amal’s sobs, when we felt his bleeding feet, we were touched.  Never ever had anybody loved us so much, so dearly, so purely.  We have been with him for a while now.  We are seeing things you cannot even imagine.  Dreadful scenes, appalling conditions, yet we are dignified.  Amal’s dignity gives us dignity every single step we take with him.

TASK 2

Ashes

Anguish surrounds the boy’s existence, silently

Ashes

Appalling scenes hurt my eyes and my soul

Ashes

Anger surges inside of me, to the core of my very being, surreptitiously engulfing my hope

Ashes

Thus I ask myself why?why?why? The “why” blasts in my brain

gives me no peace till the day

all humans

will be dignified with humanity

Till that day

We are all

Ashes

 

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED!

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152 risposte a Human Rights: The Rights to be Human!

  1. Laura scrive:

    You did a great job. I’ll send my students here then 🙂
    Laura

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Thanks. This is the secret of collaboration. It is great being able to collaborate with colleagues like you, Nella and Maria. It is a privilege!

  2. Sara Rosso scrive:

    Well, human rights. Like the persons at the begining of the video about the history of human rights say, it’s really difficult to say what they are.
    Maybe in our society we have some of them and that’s why we don’t know how to define them, but if we think about the people who lives in undeveloped countries, we an just immagine people who live in bad conditions and can’t eat or drink. They can just go to other places, where they hope they can have a chance.
    After a lot of wars, rebellions and march we can not have the rights that we should have.
    Now-a-days we always hear about people that are mistreat for their religion, nationality or sessual tendency.
    A lot of people tried to tell their opinion about human rights, but they have been killed.
    Is that the way to solve this problem? Taking their life away?
    People should think that we are in the 21st century, not still in Rome of the 1st century and everybody should have the right of be equal to the others and the human rights should be respected.

  3. Valentina scrive:

    Human rights are those rights that allow any human being to be free to express themselves and to live the way he believes in, without harming others

  4. Sebastiano scrive:

    Human rights are the rights we all should have but that unfortunatly not every one has. There is a lot of people whose rights are not considered and we all are just looking at them not doing anything thinking that this is not our problem and believing that we can’t solve it. If we have a little bit of common sens,that we have to start thinking more of others and less of ourselves. But problaby we think it doesn’t worth..

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      I haven’t quite grasped your last consideration. We should think more of other people than ourselves, but we do not generally do this because we do not think this worthwhile. Is this what you meant?

  5. Marta Morandin scrive:

    What are human rights? It is a difficult question and we never think about it. Personally, I think they join all the rights and freedom that allow us to live in harmony with other people without restrictions and discrimination. They are called “human rights” because they are universal and they belong to each person of the world, independently from the place where he live, the religion, the sex and the social class. In the human history, these rights were not always guaranteed and many years passed before that United Nation wrote the “Declaration of Human Rights” in 1945-1948: probably this is the consequence of the Second World War where 19 million of people died by the Nazis. I believe that human being needed to secure these rights on paper to avoid committing other cruelty or abuse as the saying says “verba volant, scripta manent”. Despite this, in the world there are many people with no rights: they have no rights to seek a safe place to live, freedom of thought or expression, to education, to food and they are not equal before the law. According to the video, it’s important that human rights are not only history lessons, speeches or used for commercial campaigns but they must been used to respect each other and to protect us. A good way to ensure rights since childhood is to teach them in schools: the children can have more responsibility and they grow up with the idea to respect the humanity.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      This is the reason why my colleagues and I thought that it was mandatory to deal with this project at school. There are lots of students who do not know what human rights are. So, Marta, thanks for mentioning the fact that we can do something at school to promote some kind of awareness and sensitise people to this issue.

  6. Giulia Vendrametto scrive:

    The Universal Declaration of the Human Rights is a document where are written the most important rights that every person must have. Unfortunately, in different countries of the world, these rights are not always respected; for example in the Muslim countries women don’t have the right of education and expression and often are given in marriage against their will to elderly men. In America there is still racial discrimination and the right to life is violated by the death penalty. In Africa many people don’t have a home and enough food to survive. Also in our country some human rights are broken: for example the right to have an education, because studying is too expensive and not everybody can afford it. Talking about the Internet, also the right to have privacy is violated because everyone could know what we are searching and what website we are visiting right now; we are constantly watched. And even the right to life is not respected; just think about how many babies are abandoned, and so condemned to die because they are not wanted. And last but not least for this, the equality in front of the law; sometimes it pays more criminally one who stole something for hunger than one that has killed or raped someone else.
    The declaration of the human rights would have more value if it was respected by all countries of the world.

  7. Andreea Zaharia scrive:

    Human rights are for everyone. It’s not important the social level, the religion you belong too, your nationality. Human rights should be accorded everywhere, everytime. They are not respected still now, because there are million of people ho live without school instruction, the right to food ect. We all have to work hard, to make that every single world’s citizen has rights. Because all people has human rights.

  8. Irene Piva scrive:

    This is a very interesting theme! I think the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the best invention ever because after thausends years we have finally understood which are the rights of everyone. These are very important for the freedom and equality of every person.
    Unfortunately not everyone can benefit of these rights. There is still a lot of people without freedom to speak, to learn, to study. So many people without house or even something to eat. They are poor and the government doesn’t give them the necessary help.
    Everyone has the right to live but there are still so many wars and murders around the world. This is so sad because we could live in peace if everyone respected the Human Rights.

    Irene Piva 4^M

  9. Elisa Luisetto scrive:

    It’s difficult to say which of the two videos I liked most. They are both beautiful and convey both important concepts. I totally agree with what they say, we all have the same rights. I love the phrase “We are all born free”, because it really is, we are born with rights, obtained in hard years of fighting, we all have the right to life, to think and to say our idea, to be treated all the same way, no matter what community we belong to.
    What are the human rights for me? Like most of the people interviewed, I could’nt give a proper definition. Is a difficult issue, but to summarize in short words, then, what the meaning of ‘rights’ is, we can simply say that, they are the rights that we all have, that we deserve as human beings.
    However, I think that, each of us sholud think about it, because we take for granted the rights that we have, because it seems normal, but it’s not so simple. If we all had equal rights, equal dignity and equal opportunities, there should be no poverty, slavery and illiteracy. Let’s think about.

  10. Corinne D'Andrea scrive:

    I really enjoyed the video about The story of human rights. It was interesting to see how Human Rights have changed in time and how people developed their sense of humanity. Human Rights have passed through revolutions, wars, documents and declarations. People complained, fought and also died to make Human Rights a universal responsibility but also a duty which everybody must respect to live peacefully with other human beings. However this process of awareness is not completed and it never will, we must refuse to be silent. Human Rights are not just some words written on a piece of paper or a theoretic history lesson, they are our choices and our responsibility that we make everyday as human beings to respect those who surround us, in particular those who really need our help and protection. If we are all equal to every human being in the world, it is necessary to bring to reality those general laws written on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We cannot close our eyes in front of certain situations that are definitely in contrast of our rights. We should use every means that we have today to bring our voices as far as we can, to support and to make something change. Indifference, shyness and fear should not overbear our sense of humanity , we need to seek our brotherhood.

  11. Valentina Mussio scrive:

    For me all of the 30 Human Rights are foundamental.
    At the top I would put the Right to live a decent life, in freedom and equality.
    The Right to food and shelter it’s important, but as we all know, it’s not always observed.
    I find the Rights to family and religion significant and if they would be abided, there were surely less wars.
    The Right of education it’s weighty when we want a civil society, where everybody could know the Rights they have.

  12. Ilaria Canton scrive:

    Human rights are those rights that make you free. They don’t depend on the colour of your skin, on your religion, on what language do you speak, on your sex, on your age or on your nationality. You are a human being so you have human rights. They defend your life from when you are born since when you pass away. They make your life safer and are universal and inviolable. We are all equal, so we should live in brotherhood and respect each other’s human rights.

  13. Laura Zuccolin scrive:

    Before watching the video I didn’t know what precisely human rights were, as many interviewees, but then I realized that they are all those laws which allow us to live free and equal before the law. No discrimination, no slavery, no torture, no unfair detainment, none of this. Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual, who deserves to be treated with dignity. These rights, in fact, exist for protect us from all that can harm, and help us to get on well with each of us and live in peace. No matter what country you come from, what religion you practice, or if you are a man or a woman, WE ARE ALL EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW, and we have the right to be treated everyone equally. In conclusion, human rights for me are the rights that belong to every person simply because they’re alive, no matter who are or where they live.

  14. Cecilia Canton scrive:

    Human rights are the most important rights that we have.
    Despite these rights have been declared inviolable, even today most of them are not respected. And we can see it every day.
    The major examples are poverty and racism. The Universal Declaration of Human Right says that we all have right to food and shelter, and that we are all born equal and free.
    So when we see children dying of starving or people being teased for their skin color or their religion, we realize that human rights are not understood by everyone and that they have been infringed.
    In my opinion we all should take care of these rights and we should try to put ourselves in others’s shoes. Especially help each other, not to harm them.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Sympathy is something we owe to other people. On top of that you are right when you claim that we should never take our rights for granted and we should put ourselves in another person’s shoes, in the shoes of the ones who do not see their rights safeguarded. That way we become aware of one important aspect: the rights we have nowadays won’t necessarily be the rights our children will have, so we need to safeguard them every single day of our existance, we should not “dilly-dally”!

  15. Silvia Basso scrive:

    I think that everybody should have the same rights, but unfortunately not all of us have all of them. Honestly I don’t often think about the argument, like the majority of the people who live for example in my country, I think. We don’t worry so much about human rights because we have all of them. We should put ourselves in the shoes of the children who can’t for example go to school, who have to work, of women who can’t choose their husband or can’t vote. We understand the value of something just when we lost it or when we don’t have it.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Thanks for acknowledging that most people in Italy do not think of human rights because they tend to take them for granted. We live in a democratic country so we have the perception that our rights are safeguarded. Can you think of any human right that is not guaranteed in our country? Can you think of any Italian citizen who does not see his/her human rights guaranteed?

  16. Giulia Petozzi scrive:

    For me are Human Rights something fundamental that would change the world into a better place. A place where people are equal, where there is not a distinct difference between rich and poor, where women are equal to men, where kids are happy, free to play, eat a lot and don’t have to be little soldiers, where everyone can decide to be right or left wing and where everywhere democracy is the only sovereign. I think that the Human Rights is go where you want without being afraid of your religion, your skin color or your way of thinking. Human Rights will really exist when everyone would have his idea of the right to be human that respects all the people, that is something else from religion, that is not racist. The world would be the perfect human planet when everyone will be equal in dignity and rights and would just be slave of themselves. Right is watch the last video without being sad thinking on how many people are suffering now.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      I must quote this from your comment “The world would be the perfect human planet when everyone will be equal in dignity and rights”, I loved the way you put it. 🙂

  17. Federica scrive:

    At first only few privileged people had human rights untill one of these chosen decided to apply these rights also to other people. Unfortunately that didn’t go as planned because some powerful people didn’t agree, so after many years of fighting and declarations and more fighting they finally agreed that human rights should apply to everyone.
    And yet most people don’t even know what human rights are, don’t even waste time reading them, we just take them for granted, because they’ve always been there since we were born, because we’re in the modernized 21st century where war and famine and death is just sometime you study on history books or see on tv, something far away from where we live and everyone has the right to speak and think freely. Not true, not every kid or teenager or adult is as lucky as many of us.
    In fact human rights are technically just words on a paper because if people have freedom of speech then why are thousands of them being imprisoned for speaking their minds, if people have the right to education then why are there billion of adults unable to read and ecc.
    This is why we are the ones that need to make these words our reality, everyone’s reality. We can make a difference just like Mandela or Martin Luther King did, we can fight poverty, discriminations, torture ecc. It’s also very simple because it all starts with the choices we make every day, the responsibility we have to help and respect each other and to protect those in need.
    I think that human rights are extremely important and we should take the time to read and study them so that we can apply them better in our everyday life, especially since they take such little effort. Everything we do is of importance even if it doesn’t seem so, we are just free thinking individuals but so is everyone in the world, we are one and the same fighting for the same things : to make human rights our reality, make them more real, no more wars, famine, poverty or bloodshed but peace, cooperation and harmony.
    I don’t know if it fits but I think that what we do, is like what Neil Armstrong said just in a different view and topic, ” one small step for a man, is a giant leap for mankind”.
    Basically we just need to make our voices clear and make ourselves be heard, be an example so other people or the new generation can look up to us and repeat the same thing thus we will continue to keep human rights alive and not just words on a paper.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Yes, definitely so, LET’S MAKE HUMAN RIGHTS COME TO LIFE, LET’S MAKE SURE WE CAN DO A LITTLE BIT TO IMPLEMENT THEM IN OUR DAILY LIVES AND SOMEHOW MAKE SOMETHING TO PROMOTE THEM. WE NEED TO RAISE AWARENESS TO THE NEED TO SAFEGUARD HUMAN RIGHTS EVERYWHERE.

    • Federica Vazquez 4^M scrive:

      Poem

      Ashes,
      Everything around you is dull and gray
      No vibrancy of life, just devastating isolation.
      Suddenly as you wander around aimlessly
      you hear church bells tolling
      And looking at those pictures, staring silently at you,
      imploring you with those eyes full of sadness,
      you understand that only the dead have seen the end of the war.
      Because the living are constantly fighting
      against pain,despair and fatigue,
      but in the end are suppressed by routine.
      Day by day, doing the same things
      over and over again, living but not yet living,
      just breathing through the smoke-filled air and through the heat.
      And the kids, oh the kids, those innocent souls
      that should be the blinding colors to our black and white world
      are too exposed to this madness
      and slowly lose their inner spark till their eyes become dull,
      windows to a soul that has already seen too much
      and stare at you through a picture hung on a wall
      for everyone to see and maybe in a not so distant future
      for someone to answer their call of help.

  18. Greta Mazzon scrive:

    My opinion of Human rights
    Based on the definitions given by the video, a right consists in a freedom of some kind. It is something that will be due for the fact of being human. The Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Their basic premise is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity, because every man must be free to do what they want, within the limits of the law, without which no one prevents him. They are called human rights because they are universal. In the past, there were no human rights. Later developed the idea that people should have certain freedoms. That idea, after the Second World War, finally gave birth to the document known as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the thirty rights that belong to everyone.Many people in the video, asking them to mention their rights, have cited only the freedom of speech and faith, or a couple of other rights. There isn’t doubt that these rights are important, but I think that today many people have forgotten these rights.The rights also mean power of choice and opportunity, freedom of getting a job, a career, to choose their own partners and raise their children. Despite all these statements, there are totalitarian regimes in the world in which there are still mass executions, torture and exploitation of minors. But also, not too far from us. Some states have very often ignored the application of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights .According to me, isn’t enough to make statements if they aren’t followed by a radical change of mentality of people. It’s difficult that a country where women are forced to cover ,leaving visible the eyes, or the woman can recognize the same equality with men. It ‘difficult for a country where children work in the mines from childhood to recognize the Rights of the Child.So I think that we must teach according to the mutual respect and tolerance of each individual and personal to the next.
    Greta Mazzon 4^M

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Interesting observations. How would you personally promote the knowledge of human rights? How would you try to spread what they are and what they really mean

  19. Camilla Cimarosti scrive:

    When somebody asks you about human rights and about what you think they are or what they mean for you, it is quite always difficult to answer. Not because they’re like math problems where you don’t know the solutions, but simply because human rights are a deep and indelible part of ourselves. That’s what they’re for me too. Human rights represent the way each one of us instinctively expect to be treated with dignity, to live, to enjoy every single day as human beings and as we are. I think that, no matter where or when, human rights are the rights to which everyone is entitled simply because they are alive. They remember to the people that we are here for all of us : we’re on this world together to cooperate, to respect each other, to feel free to study, to choose, to take part in governing our countries, to believe in whatever we want and to have food, water and shelters.
    Unfortunately I think that those words, those thoughts are not enough. Most people in fact restrict themselves to only think about human rights like habits/natural actions, but they do not think that it is not the same for everyone. Millions of people (included kids) are still dying every day and furthermore, we underestimate that problems like apartheid are NOT completely disappeared thanks to Nelson Mandela. Men and women like him had done, without any doubts, incredible steps, but now it’s our turn to keep on fighting for our human rights. Since I went to visit some extermination camps and countries like South Africa, I become aware of having this topic really in heart.
    In my opinion human rights are fundamental to make people realize that we do not have to accept the world as it is, but that we can remake the world as it should be without wars, slavery, famine or bloodshed.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      It is nice to read that there are lots of young people like you who are willing to fight for the cause of human rights. This is not always the case, so, thanks for having written what your wrote and I am sure you will contribute greatly to our project. Share with us your visit to South Africa and to the concentration camps. You could think of presenting to the whole class a powerpoint presentation with some images and considerations of your own, linked to the theme of our project, that is “human rights”.

  20. cristianaziraldo scrive:

    I’m firmly convinced, that “human rights” is just one word, not exactly, in fact, two words. Just it. Two really illusory words, invented by the human being to deceive himself of his greatness and goodness. Something as artificial as fake, something which in nature doesn’t exist. Right has been the word of the century, the trendy topic for mediocre people, matter of interesting chats, in which completely shallow and ignorant they turn taken on rights safeguarding, simply feeling sorry for “those miserable Africans”.
    For human being right means a duty that everyone must enjoy, because everyone “was born not different from the others”, and therefore everyone “must have the same opportunities of life”. What a fantastic fairy tale! We were born in an egoistic world, where we have to strive to succeed, as in the nature: is there any right? No: stronger beat weaker. But we should be different, advanced, or at least, so say philosophers and wises, and so we decided to live in community. But to do that, humanity had to sacrifice our full liberty, recognizing common duties and rights. That is what it seem to had happen. But than our disposition comes out, and egoism overpowers any convention: it’s normal, and so we are; when strong, we don’t respect any right, any liberty restriction. But than, if just something not fair is done to us, we turn to the existence of inalienable rights, which we absolutely must enjoy. That is the human hypocrisy: the existence of rights just in the moment of longing, and the inconsistence of them when an obstacle to the own business.
    Alessandro Candido

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Dear Alessandro,
      There are observations of yours that are likely to raise some kind of debate. I see your point and to a certain extent I agree on the fact that sometimes words are abused or overused and thus become deflated. You may be right when you cynically state that “human rights” is a word that cannot possibly be guaranteed in a world overridden by hypocrisy, self-interest, personal gaint, etc., yet your view is so bleak that it leaves no room for hope, which must be inborn in human beings (unless we aim at collective suicide). Then, as I often point out, when we generalize we somehow commit a “crime”, we become unjust, because we drag all people who are “categorized” under a certain umbrella term (e.g. “power”, etc.) and label them, which is totally wrong. Not all powerful people abuse of their power. There are mediocre people who are not rich and who are not successful at all, that crush human rights. Thanks to the words “human rights” a girl from Pakistan, who was a nobody, who was shot in the head because she wanted to go to school, was granted the “right” to speak at the United Nations and this led to her winning the Nobel Prize.
      All this to say: let’s agree that we disagree!

  21. Elidona Arapi scrive:

    What Human Rights mean to me.
    Human Rights are rights that apply to absolutely everyone without any type of discrimination. Nobody can take these freedoms away from us because they belong to us. Entire nations and people fought for what they believed was right, until the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed. But it didn’t mean that all the problematic issues had come to an end. It didn’t mean that every single child in the world could go to school, receive an appropriate education. It didn’t mean that hunger in the poorest countries had estinguished. It didn’t mean that racial discrimination no longer existed.
    All that is still here and it is visible to everyone. In many countries, includind Europe, there are children who can’t afford an education, who have to work sometimes to maintain an entire family. In other countries it is forbidden to girls to attend school, they are treated as if they were objects with no value. This way they are not aware of their rights and do not have the means to stand up against these injustices that they have to put up with. These are the kinds of discrimination that we need to eliminate for the sake of those who before us spoke their minds, made their voices be heard and fought for social justice. I believe that all of us should follow their example and cooperate together for a better future. A future where Human Rights truly apply to everybody in the world, where children are free to live their childhood and receive an education. A future where people no longer suffer wars, hunger or slavery.
    A future where everybody has the right to think for themselves without anybody imposing them something that they do not believe, and mostly a future where everyone has the right to be free. This is what is worth fighting for.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      A really heart-felt comment. I am proud of you Elidona. Your considerations do you justice. You are an incredible young woman.

  22. Valentina Pozzi scrive:

    At first sight my attention is obviously caught by the most colored and largest words, like EVERYONE, RIGHT,FREEDOM. Looking more carefully at the terms written above, I can deduce a meaningful link among all of them: COMMUNITY, WORK, RELIGION, SECURITY, ONE, FAMILY, LAW, PROTECTION, OFFENCE, OBSERVANCE. In my opinion all of them share the same basic idea, that is , the need to ask for equality, to get respect, to appreciate,difference, to bridge the gap existing between different cultures, languages, colors and races. Everyone should be aware of who he/she is and must pretend to be respected but at the same time he/she must be conscious that each of us deserves to be appreciated and approved. The value of the world lies in all those species that make it up. The word “RIGHT” should be a “must” for us. I think that we are always more and more prone to criticize the others, to judge the behaviour of our teachers, parents, friends even that of men of church and state. I think that relationships among different people could be better, if everyone started to be humbler. Personally I considered myself completely guaranteed: our country doesn’t deny any race, creed or ethnic group, women are treated as equal as men, no one is used or sold as a slave, punishment -such as torture or execution- are not used on any person, citizens may leave or return to their country and education is never denied. Therefore, living in this country, I feel safe and protected, because I consider myself free to believe in what I want, I am respected as much as a man, I get an education and I’m free to decide. The situation is different in many other countries: a lot of people are deprived from the right to get an education, to get a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being, including food, clothing, housing and medical care; they can neither express their opinion nor manifest their religion or belief: but, as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights States, all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. But this rule is not easily respected, in fact there are some countries in which people are still tortured or abused; others where unfair trials must be faced or where freedom of expression is restricted. Moreover children and women are marginalized in numerous ways, the press is not free: this means that human rights violation is still threatening the world today. I think that it denounces the violation of the right to express your own ideas. This regards not only single individual but even the press itself. Common people as well as politicians and media are often obliged to state not what they really think, but what they are asked to say. They can be punished if they try to be different and find the courage to paddle against the stream. Sometimes it is better not to think but to be only a foolish instrument in the hands of the leading party: this could be the message of the poster. It is the article 19 of the Human Rights Declaration: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”. Sincerely I wasn’t particularly informed about the violation of the human rights in Italy: I thought to live in an happy country, where everyone’s right were respected. When I started to sum up information, I realized that the reality is different. For example some minorities, like the gipsy, are still isolated or left without a house. Authorities in Italy have not protected the refugees’ rights asking for a shelter and in many cases immigrants have been exploited. Not to mention the widespread episodes of violence against women: researchers have shown that the number of murders hasn’t decreased. I think that all these images try to point out that human rights are not a choice; they are neither a possibility nor a grant. We must be respected for the only fact of being born. It does not matter if we are men or woman, old or young , black or white, we are human beings and this is the point. Nobody has the power to spoil our freedom, we deserve to be free and to decide what we want. There should be an only rule: not to damage other’s freedom. Your rights finishes where the other’s one starts: one’s belief mustn’t interfere or damage that of the other human beings. PS: I will post on another page the end of the comment 🙂

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      As you point out Valentina, it is unbelievable, isn’t it, that in a country like ours (democratic) some rights are not safeguarded or guaranteed! Unfortunately, though we are lucky to see most of our rights guaranteed, we cannot bury our heads in the sand. It is extremely important for us to admit that we are privileged, we have enough money to do what we desire, but lots of Italians don’t. We tend to take for granted the family background we have and we shouldn’t. We live in a country whose real plague is corruption. Corruption breeds where there is greed but also where there is desperation. Criminals rely on young desperate people to peddle drugs, etc. So, though we live in a democratic country this does not mean we live in a fair country. A country plagued by mafia is not the “ideal”. Mafia thrives on human trafficking too, so…the very presence of mafia is a violation to human rights. Hope this project will work as an eyeopener: seeing the beauty of things yet taking a stand against the brutality of others.

  23. Mariam Nofiss scrive:

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written in 1948. After the Second World War Europe was a disaster. Everithing was destroied and everithing had been flattened by the bombs.
    History has a great impact above the present. To prevent that humans perform again the error of exterminating, was written this Declaration.
    There are too many rights that aren’t guaranteed all over the world, like the 3rd Article „Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.“ or the 4th „No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.“, because in many countries of the world, there is no liberty. This is unaccetable, but is the sad truth. Each person should help each other trying to be considered himself of the same importance of the other. It would be a better world, without prejudice, avidity and superiority.
    We think that in Italy we are totaly free, but it isn’t true. Over the problem of the child labor, there is the big problem of censorship. It’s alarming because it implize that in Italy journalists can’t write what they want to write, because they are censored immediately. This is a problem because the average person believes in mas media. So, there isn’t a system that wont bring wash you. We can overcome this problem by crossing information, to become mentally free. We can make a change by using our head indipendently.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Obviously not all people are “brainwashed” by the system, yet it is interesting that you point out that the lack of freedom of press is a serious problem most Italians seem to ignore or be unaware of.

  24. Chiara Tosi scrive:

    I think that right is the word that stands out the most, I have to say that us as Italian don’t have so many problems linked to the respect of our rights. We have the right to vote, to believe in what we want, we can speak and we aren’t killed if we think in a different way and we express our own opinions.
    We don’t live in a country where religion is too oppressive and we don’t have problems if we have to fly or move to another country. I think that nowadays the most relevant problem in Italy is that of job. In fact many people don’t have a job and they can’t provide to the family. But we aren’t in a good economic period and many countries are fighting against this problem.
    In other countries problems are more relevant: in some parts of Africa now are escaping thousand of people because of the war and their government isn’t doing anything to relove the problem.
    In some countries like Iran the Musliums imposed their regime and no one can do anything if they really care about their families’ lives. They put girls in sort of prisons where they can’t excape from. They are subject to their men and they are not free, they have to be dressed from head to toe and nobody can see anything except for their eyes. They have to be always with a man and they can’t go to a male doctor, but girls can’t go to school and study.To me, the most relevant rights that are not safeguarded are the female protection and that of education. Girls that get married to a muslium find themselves pented-up in the prison of their religion. They can’t divorce or denounce the man if they are molested if the don’t want to be killed. And in some countries children must work and can’t go to school.
    Simone Verza denounces the deprivation of freedom to speak. In the declaration is written that everybody has the right to express opinions, but in reality in so many parts of the word, people can’t protest or rebel because of the regime not democratic.
    All these poster contain the words human and rights.
    I liked both the videos, in the first I liked the fact that all the articles are semplified and told us by the children. In the second I really liked that the man explains us some articles with examples.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Good considerations. Read my reply to Valentina’s post if you are interested in taking into consideration another major problem of our country.

  25. Valentina Pozzi scrive:

    CONTINUAZIONE
    Wich video do you like better?
    I prefer the first video, because I find it more touching and deeper. I like the images and still more the words: I think they transmit a teaching to all of us. At the beginning there are two kids, and this is meaningful, because this lets us see that only if you start respecting the others’ rights from an early age, you will be able to be a real person. Being a person means owning the right to be free without depriving anyone else from his/her own rights. Our liberty ends where the others’ one begins. Some boys and girls lift up some posters, where important messages are written in capital letters, like for example ” WE ARE ALL BORN FREE AND EQUAL”, “WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIFE”, “NO SLAVERY,NO TORTURE”, “EQUAL BEFORE THE LAW”….
    The content of this video is less political than the other one; the concepts are the same, both of them stress the importance of human rights, but the first one is made to hit directly the heart, conscience and soul of people, while the other more focused on the social and political aspects of human rights.
    Now watch another video meant to disclose to people what human rights are. What extra information do we learn from it?
    This video explains what human rights are. We learn that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written in 1948. The Declaration has got an enormous importance, because it was the first document to establish the human rights at a universal level. It consists of 30 articles, wich belong to all of us. It stresses the individual civil, political, economical, social, cultar rights. The first two articles state the concepts of equality and freedom. Other articles are focused on the individual rights in front of the society: for example the article 15 states the “RIGHT TO BELONG TO OUR COUNTRY”, this means that nobody can be sent away from his/her own country. The next session deals about the so called “constitutional liberties”, that is freedom of thought, speech, opinion, faith, word. This video ends with the statement that “we are all born free”: I completely agree with this teaching, because I think that there are not white people and black people, Christian people and Muslims, rich and poor, young and old: we all are human beings, we have a different language, culture and faith, but we all need the same things: love, peace, understanding and, from a practical point of view, food, a shelter and health.
    What are human rights then. How would you define them? Do you think most people know?
    Human rights are then the rights of each human being. They correspond to the spiritual, material, civil, political,cultural,social and economical needs. There should be no difference regarding the race, gender, language, faith, color of the skin, political opinion and so on. No one must be deprived from them and on the other side,no one can refuse to get them at birth. I think that everyone knows them but not everyone respect them at all.
    People of different races and nationality are interviewed and they express their opinion and idea about this topic. Later the history of human rights is explained. At the beginning there were no human rights, it was a time of revolutions, wars, many people were slaves. Justice came from nature rather than from the rules of society. In 1215 the Magna Charta was established by king John of England: it stated the rights between the king and his vassals, but it was not addressed to all the subjects. In 1689 the Bill of Rights was written, and it is considered one of the main documents of the constitutional system of the UK. It granted several rights, like the freedom of speech in Parliament, the refusal to be submitted to a catholic king, the possibility to persecute the subjects for religious reasons. In 1776 the Declaration of Indipendence was signed by the 13 colonies in Philadelphia. Finally from the natural law we passed to the natural rights. Many events and tragedies followed until Gandy appeared on the international scene with his message: he was against all the forms of violence, because violence produces only other violence. Our history is marked by the two World Wars, by racism, by the desire to create the pure race, by millions of deaths,desperation. And after all these massacres and fights we are now living in a country where a lot of people die of starvation, are imprisoned, are unable to read, are slaves. Why is this still happening? No super man could ever come to save our humanity, we must rely on our strength, coming from our being mothers, fathers, kids. We must know our rights to be able to defend them, because here is a little meaning in everything.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Yes, that’s the crucial point: to defend our rights we need to know them first.
      You wrote a thorough account of the videos, that will help your classmates too. Thank you.

  26. beatrice scrive:

    When we speak about “rights”, the words that catch my attention are freedom, free and life. In fact, for me the most important thing that we must have is the one of live in a free way and without any privations or obstacles.
    Nowadays, there are a lot of rights that the law wrote for our society but there are also a lot of rules that we must respect. In my opinion, our country does not guarantee to us all these rights and this thing is a lot more not respected in the poorest countries, where people are punished if they do not respect the rules but where the government is unpunished if it does not guarantee at them their rights.
    As the poster created by Simone Verza says, I think that the rights are our weapon and if we use them in the better way we can; making them respectable from others, they can save us from a lot of injustices. But to make it possible we must make our voice heard.
    However, the problem is that is very difficult to make our right respected: for example, in different countries is very difficult to belong to a different religion from the one of the country to which we belong. In Italy, for example this right is not respected because there are a lot of people that are discriminated for their religion and the bed thing is that we are also private to belong of our religion in our country because a some immigrants want us to hide our faith because it bother them.
    The video “WE ARE ALL BORN FREE” is very interesting because it gives to me a complete and good idea of what human rights are: they are something essential for us! Moreover, without them our life cannot be definite as it.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      We cannot be defined human if we are not respected in our rights and if, in turn, we do not respect other people’s rights. Things are getting more and more complicated because we are living a difficult era: the world is overpopulated and the resources we have are not sufficient for the number of humans there are on this planet. People get greedy, some do not want to renounce all the privileges they have, others do not want to share what they have, others do not see why they should care for people in other countries (their govenrment should take care of them!). The worst aspect, however, is that some people do not knwo what human rights are and do not know about their violation. Then they do not know that in the very democratic country they live some of these rights are not respected either. This is the reason why you can make a difference and to do so you need to learn something about human rights in general.

  27. Deborah D'Angelo scrive:

    I think that in Italy some of the main human rights are not guaranteed as they should be. For example, there’s no very freedom of expression, because many times people with a different sexual orientation are beaten up from homophobic people. The same thing happens with people from other countries or people who believe in a different religion. But why? The religion is part of the culture, so if our culture teach us one thing and another culture teach a different thing, why people should have mortal conflicts to oblige other people to believe in the same divinity? We have the right to be whom we want, and these things destroy our self-confidence. The right that touched me the most, because in Italy is not truly guaranteed, is “every adult have the right to marriage and to raise a family”. Last year there were many manifestations to have the right to marriage whoever you want, but not all the homosexual couples could have their marriage, but this didn’t come out in television, maybe because it’s true that not everybody in Italy want that it will be one of the Human Rights. “Every adult has the right to have a job…”: here, in Italy, the majority of guys who hold a degree doesn’t have a work because of the crisis. Now if you want to work (that is a right) you must be graduated, and nevertheless you don’t have the certainty to obtain the job. But if all these belong to human rights, why aren’t them always guaranteed? This is what I can’t understand. If I worked where human rights are decided, I would make sure that every nation respects what my colleagues and I have established. If every country respect human rights, everybody would be more self-confident and the world would be a better place.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      The world would definitely be a better place if human rights were guaranteed. Unfortunately this is not the case. As you pointed out there are incongruities in Italy too. You mention homophobia or the right of homosexual couples to see their right to get married or adopt children. This is a hot issue that some former students of mine investigated last year (http://cristianaziraldo.altervista.org/taking-stand-against-homophobia-schools/) and they did a wonderful job. Then you mention the rights to have a job. Yet, as we saw in the different videos, few people know what human rights are and few people know that they are largely violated all over the world. This means we need to study them and take a stand against their violation.

  28. Claudia Lavopa scrive:

    We live in a democratic country and so most people take for granted our rights, but I think that everything we do is important and we have to think about it even if it doesn’t seem important. In some countries children and women have no rights. The children can’t go to school, can’t play because they have to work and they don’t receive as much money as they should have and so they are treated like slaves, the women can’t drive or can’t do the things that their husbands do and so they don’t have equitable rights.
    I also think that in my country some rights are not respected for example the right to work. In this period of crisis most citizens are unemployed and the people who work don’t have an appropriate salary. I also think that some girls, usually girls that come from eastern Europe, are exploited as prostitute, and so these young women don’t have rights because they’re treated like objects.
    I think that Human Rights are very important to us and everybody has the right to do everything because we are all equal. In our world every kid has the right to have an education, to play and not to suffer from hunger and every parent has the right to have a job and to be able to provide for his family.
    I think that discrimination has to be eliminated and I know that it’ll take a long time but we have to live in harmony and peace and to respect the others so as to live in a better world.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      This is the reason why, Claudia, it is important to deal with this issue at school. We can all do something to create a more just and peaceful world, but we need to be aware of the violation of human rights first.

  29. Anna Borin scrive:

    In the world there are some countries where human rights are not respected. In some place people are treated like a dog and they have nothing to defend their selves. I think that here in Italy we’re enough lucky because most of the articles about human rights are respected. In my opinion human rights are respected by the law, but not by the society. For example the first article says “All human beings are born free(…)”, I don’t agree at all because people are subjected to money. To live we have to get up early in the morning and go to work for the rest of the day, who more and who less, but everybody have to do it. Furthermore to eat, to go out, to heat us up we need money and so, obviously we are slaves.
    Then in the second article we found this “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.(…)” and this is the human right that society ignore most of all. In Italy if there is a person with dark skin not always is treat as other people. There are a lots of case where people look at the race and not at the person. This makes that foreigners close off and they don’t integrate with the Italians. Instead is difficult to find a company where there are Italian people and foreigners people. This doesn’t happen only between adults but even between children, that is worse because it means that in their education they have seen or heard acts of racism. Then there are discriminations against people with different sexual leanings.
    At the end, one of the articles says that, as human beings, we have the right of thought and speech. Yes, if we express our own opinion nobody kill us or some of our relatives (as could happen in Americas for example), but people have a view of us on the strength of our ideas. So we cannot say that our thought is respected by other people.
    In conclusion I think that the problem is not of the law, but of the people that don’t follow rights. So are our culture and our ignorance that take us to judge the other and this is difficult to change in a whole country.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      You are one of the many that mentioned the fact that in Italy people with different sexual orientation are not respected. I am happy to read that so many young people are sensitive to the issue of homophobia and discrimination against people other than heterosexuals. Last year my final year class carried out a thorough investigation of homosexuality (homophobia, homosexual rights, etc.) in Italy and other countries in the world. Quite interesting.

  30. Alessia Giordano scrive:

    The first words in the wordle that catch my attention are the ones which are zoomed because they are the keywords of this important topic: HUMAN RIGHTS.
    In fact they itemize to whom human rights are addressed, namely EVERYBODY, so to every human who lives in the world, to all people.
    Then there are other prominent words too, for example freedom, protection, dignity, but there is also one word which is really outstanding: EQUAL; in fact we are all born equal and free and we have all the same rights. But, why aren’t they respected in all countries? So, what has helped to change the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? In my opinion there are some rights in Italy which aren’t safeguarded, for example women’s rights because many women are subjected to violence and the TV news talk about this very often.
    The poster of Simone Verza is really considerable and can make us think over the situation in all the countries and in Italy too. In this poster he’s denouncing that there’s no freedom of speech and that not all human rights are respected all over the world, perhaps in Italy too. In my opinion this is absurd because the Declaration was created on purpose to render the countries civilized without no more wars, discriminations, misery and exploitations.
    Nowadays, while watching television we become aware of killings, violence, slavery, wars and rebellions against the government in some countries of the world like Eastern and Arab countries.
    The three images are really similar to each other because they affirm that the human rights are addressed to everybody and they always must be respected everywhere.
    In the second video we can gather further information of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, for example the reason why it was created: it was created in 1948 after the Second World War when the leaders of the nations which took part of it decided that it was enough and that it was correct to do away with wars.
    I think this is a well done video but the one which I found more striking is the first because it summarizes the 30 articles in a best way and also because I really like the idea that they were presented one at a time on a blackboard with the help of some children.
    Finally I reckon that human rights are like rules that everybody has to follow for a mutual respect between people.
    In the video most people find difficult to define “human rights” and it’s also true that a person can give different opinions on them, if we think about his/her native country; and that they can mean different things from person to person.
    I definitely agree with the statement of a speaker in the video: giving a definition to “human rights” requires “a little bit of homework” in order to assure that we know what they are because only in this way we can collaborate to make them considerable and respected in all countries.

  31. Nicole Mellina scrive:

    HUMAN RIGHTS:

    Every human being is entitled to human rights, no one can take away any of your
    rights. If this is the truth why in the world are there so many people who are treated
    as slaves, are tortured, are punished for their religion, are illiterate because they can’t
    go to school, are not able to vote, are not protected by the security and the state, are
    not treated equal to someone more important than them?
    Human rights are not published on tv, radio and newspaper, because if people don’t
    know their rights they can’t protest if one of the rights is violated or not respected.
    Everyone should know what human rights are, and everyone should respect them.
    If everyone respects human rights we would have a better world, a place where
    people are equal, where kids are happy and free to play every day, where there is not
    difference between rich and poor, where women are equal to men, ,where everyone
    can decide to be right or left and where everywhere democracy is the only
    government.
    I think the problem in Italy is that we think we are free to say what we want and free
    to think what we want and most important we take human rights for garanted, but this
    isn’t true because here in Italy there are problems and one of them is censorship.
    This implies that what we know about the rest of the world is not completely true
    because journalists can’t write the truth, and the news are manipulated by the state so
    we will never be aware of what is happening, and we will always be led to think
    what the state wants. I think that the people who are more conditioned by the mas
    media are the children and the teenagers because they were born in the tecnology
    period and they live on that. They are induced to be what they want and to be
    theirselves, but then the mas media gives them an idea of beauty, intelligence and
    happiness which is the same for everybody and if you are not like that you are a
    “loser” and you will never be happy, this is obviously not true, but people believe
    this. Certanly not all people is brainwashed, but the majority is.

  32. Anastasia Lepeshko scrive:

    In my opinion human rights are very important to our world because they help us to live better…but they aren’t always guaranteed and respected.
    I live in Italy and I think that some rights aren’t considerated . For example, Italy has one of the lowest levels of press freedom in Europe, especially for censorship (the suppression of speech, public communication or other information). The government filters and changes every piece of news: they oblige journalists to write what they want to and not the truth. We can’t exatly know if what we read on the newspaper or what we hear on tv is true, we should think with our brain and be aware of what it’s happening.. Everything is filtrated by the state and if they don’t want us to know the truth, they don’t write that. Journalists can’t express themselves and I think it’s not right: we are all humans and we have the right to say what we are thinking about and what we are feeling. In other countries, this right is not respected at all because if a citizen express his/her opinion, he/she is arrested or ends up in prison.
    I think that in Italy and in other states the human right number four and five are not respected. Everyday a lot of people (and kids!) are obliged to do what the ‘superior’ person wants to, to work a lot of hours to earn only money to survive and some of them are also obliged to prostitute and if they don’t do those things, they may be killed or tortured. It’s a bad thing.
    In my country the right number twenty-six which talks about ‘The right to Education’ is respected but not at all. There are a lot of kids that don’t go to school and don’t have to possibility to an education. In other countries, the situation is even worse because girls can’t go to school and learn! I think we should be grateful to our parents that send us to school and give us an education.
    In my opinion, in Italy there is also the problem with marriage. The human right number sixteen which says that every adult have the right to marry the person who he/she is in love with is not respected because of homosexual people. I think that everyone should have the right to love who he/she wants and I think that everyone should have the right to marry who he/she is in love with but in Italy this right is not considerate, in fact there are a lot of homophobies that are against this. In France and in Spain for example, this right is respected and I think it’s a very good thing.
    Personally, I think this rights should be safeguarded and respected. Human rights give us the opportunity to live better.

  33. Laura Manzan scrive:

    The words that catch my attention are dignity and human. In my opinion as human everyone has a dignity that must be respected and when one of our rights is violated we lose our dignity. For this reason the human rights must be respected because if they aren’t a human can’t be considerate such.
    In my opinion there isn’t a country in the world where all the rights are respected but in our society few realize it because things are hide very well. In Italy for example there are lots of workers that work for a lots of hour but are underpaid. In some countries of the world, women and children haven’t the same rights of men, for example women can’t go out alone and can’t chose who they want to marry, children can’t go to school because they have to work. There are also different punishments for women and men. There are also the problems of organ trafficking and prostitution. I think Verza denounces the fact that is some countries people don’t express their opinion and don’t live freely because there is a dictatorship or under a regime very hard. For example in Russia the life for the homosexual is very hard and they have been persecuted and beaten by the police. The images have in common the words human and right. I like both the videos because they are very clear but they are involving, I like the idea of the blackboard in the first one and in the second one the fact that the man put in the video some examples. I would define in one world the human rights universal. I don’t think most people know what they are. I personally didn’t know all of them before doing the activity.

  34. Gaia Bortolin scrive:

    I think human rights are really important to live in our world, because they give us the chance to live well. Because of them everybody should be respected and we should all live in peace. But this has not happened yet, and that’s because many rights are not safeguarded and many people are not aware of them.
    In Italy, for example, the freedom of expression is not well guaranteed, because journalists can’t write the truth of the facts or what they think it’s right, otherwise they are censored. In other places this right is not respected at all, because there are countries where the citizens can’t express their opinions or they are arrested.
    Another right that is not safeguarded here in Italy is the one who says that all adults have the right to marriage. In fact, in Italy there are discriminations against homosexual people, and there isn’t a law that says they can marry, although other countries have it. In my opinion, this isn’t fair, because everyone should have the right to love.
    In Italy the right to education is respected, but there are still children who live in the street and don’t go to school. In other countries of the world this right is even less safeguarded, for example in the countries where girls can’t go to school.
    Also, in many countries, luckily not in Italy, people who are in prison are tortured to make them confess what they did. A lot of women are tortured too, because the are considered inferior by men. To me this is terrible and violates the right who says that nobody can torture you.
    I would also say that in Italy immigrants are welcomed, but in other countries they let them die and drown in the sea, so the right who says that they can seek asylum in other countries is not respected.
    These are the rights that I think should be definitely safeguarded, but they aren’t and to me it isn’t fair at all. I think that if at least these rights were respected all over the world, we would live much better and in peace.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Definitely so. The rights which are not safeguarded are many, both in Italy and in other countries. This should make us think: we should all claim for our rights, together.

  35. Eleonora Cupin scrive:

    Watching the videos I obtained more awareness of the power that we all have!
    I think Human Rights are phrases which give at us the freedom and the equality for live in peace.
    It’s interesting and absoludely depressing that a lot of people don’t know what Human Rights are. But the most demoralizing thing is that Today in 2015 after almost a century since when Human Rights have ben written, lot of people don’t have their right even now.
    I think that, in my country , the right to be equal before the law and the freedom of expression aren’t guaranteed.
    First I want to express my opinion about the right to be equal before the law.
    More and more time when I see the newscast with my dad I listen about some cases.
    Well, I’m agree that in our country (and not just in Italy) , if you pay for a good lawyer you can continue live up.
    There isn’t justice, just tones of corruption.
    I really hate that because if you commit something bad you have to pay the price!
    I’m not amazed that there is so much criminality and racketeering.
    The other point is about the freedom of expression, and it is connect with racketeering.
    In the south of Italy there is Mafia ( unfortunately nowadays it is everywhere), when you talk about mafia and freedom of expression the first word that you think is “code of silence”. If you express your opinion against these people or you say names, you are a dead man.
    Not at all for this we don’t have this freedom. But also because in Italy we have censorship. I discovered this thanks a discussion in class and some research at home. And it is astonishing! It makes me think of the place where I live! All the news is controlled.
    I really enjoy the picture that Simone Verza made. It is powerful and perfectly connected with what I’m saying.
    Anyway there are other countries that don’t have, for example The Right of Religion (in the world two-thirds of the population don’t have this right). Or the Right of Education (especially the girls).
    If we make a share every country doesn’t respect these Hunan Rights.
    I’m definitely sure that thanks to the power of these rights we can change the rules and help the others as the picture says “spirit of brotherhood” and give RIGHT JUSTICE and RIGHT EQUALITY to everybody.

  36. toffoli michael scrive:

    I think that the word “right” is a particular word because not all the people know what it means. And we go more on specific when we talk about human rights. In fact if we look up in the dictionary the word right, they give us the definition of privilege. But the definition of human rights is more simple. Because they are the things that make us be, do or have.
    Humans right are the right that every every single person in the all world have.
    They are fundamental for everyone. They exist because the protect us and they help us to live in piece.
    They aren’t the same rights that a citizen has but the go after, because they are universal without any differences of race, color of the skin, religion, political opinion, where they come from or whatever other condition.
    They are inviolable because they belongs to everyone and nobody can take them away.
    The human rights are important for everyone and everyone needs them.
    Unfortunately not all the people know what they are.
    In Italy human rights are not safeguarded too much. In 2012 Italy was the third country in Europe that didn’t safeguarded the human rights and in 2013 it was the second country. This two quotations must make us think about the human rights.
    In 2014 Onu made a control in Italy to see if the human rights are safeguarded but they aren’t so much.
    I think that human rights should be safeguarded more in Italy.
    There are lots of cases where the humans rights where not safeguarded in Italy. For example 11 African workers were critically injured , 35 immigrants, policeman and citizens went to the hospital and more then 1000 of migrants had to leave the city where they were living because of the racism. The last thing a mentioned made lots of country express serious alarms about the Italian case to the human Rights Council of the United Nation.
    Another case, where in Italy the human rights are not safeguarded, is the decision of the “Ministro dell’Interno”. Some policemen were processed for the actions during the G8 in Genova in 2001. Although the were sentenced for the violence on the unarmed demonstrators that were locked up in a school, the25 policemen that were responsible of the crime are nowadays still in service and the “Ministro” doesn’t want to suspend them. How can we hope the in a future the human rights will be safeguarded in Italy, if the authorities, people who have to give examples, are the first people who don’t respect the law?
    In my opinion I always respect people indistinctly from the sex, race, religion, political decisions and so on. I did it in the past and a will do it in the future and I hope the other people like me would be an example for all the the rich people (of all kind).

  37. Federica Del Savio scrive:

    There are so many human rights in the world, but not all are guaranteed in all the country. For example in some countries there isn’t freedom; there are slaves, the women can’t go to school because they have to look forward the children that that had from men that they don’t want at their side.
    Every people in the world should have the human rights because everybody have to be free, to say what they wan to say, to express the feeling and to live how the want. But, unfortunately not every one has this important things.
    I think that in Italy there are all the human rights, but not all are respected of all the people. Because we always hear about kids who are working in the factory illegally, about people who are teased for their nationality, religion or sexual tendency.
    Now-a-day we have to take care about these rights we should have to be equal and not criticized for who we are.

  38. Erica Corazza scrive:

    You can ask all the people around the world “what are human rights?” but it would be difficult for many to answer this question. Maybe because everyone thinks differently, but human rights ought to be the same for everybody. Sure enough, the first human right is “we are all born free and equal”. This means that we all share the same human nature and each of us has a natural right to be free and not slaves. Outside our skin may be of a different colour, so may our eyes and hair, some people are tall whereas some others are short, some speak Italian, some others speak English, or Spanish, or other languages. Some are extroverted, whereas some others are the opposite, but we all share the same human nature.
    I live in Italy and I consider myself lucky because in my country human rights are sufficiently respected and this is very important. But I have heard on television and I have read in the newspapers that in other countries it is not like in Italy. Children and women are ill-treated, there is child labour, people die because they don’t have food and drink… these are very bad situations.
    If I watch the poster created by Simone Verza I understand that in some countries people are not allowed to express their opinions and to defend themselves. In my opinion, he thinks that some people can’t benefit from the 19th right “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and import information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”, and I agree with him.
    One of the most important human rights, to my mind, is the 6th, “everyone has the right to recognition as a person before the law everywhere”, because it means that all people must have the possibility to be assertive.
    Unfortunately, human rights are not laws currently, but I hope that in the future they will become such.

  39. Anna Borsatti scrive:

    Looking at the first image of this post, the words that catch my attention are surely the bigger ones like EVERYONE, RIGHT, FREEDOM, then also others such as RELIGION, INTERNATIONAL, ONE, RESPECT, but the most important for me are EQUAL and COMMUNITY. Although thousands years of history and the evolution of thought, we do not live in an egalitarian and fair society. The first question that comes into my mind is WHY. Why all people are not respected in the same way? Why not all children have the right to learn? Why in 21 centuries still exists discrimination? Well, I want to start speaking about our country, Italy, in which many things do not work, starting from the rights, which are not “privilege” of all. In my opinion we live in a society where the privileges are not protected, at least not completely. Although there is still discrimination against foreigners and homosexuals, we do not have the problem of education for example. All children have the right and are obliged to go to school, from six to sixteen years old. So compared to other countries, these problems do not pertaining to us and that’s why sometimes we neglect them. From images and video of this post, I learned many things, because as much as we can be aware, this is a large and controversial issue. The videos are very interesting, from all points of view. I think all of them have explained in a complete way this difficult theme. In the second video, the sentence “we are all born free” makes me think a lot. First of all because I think that freedom is the primary thing we must have to feel a part of the world. We can’t live without freedom, I think it would be like living without breathing, it’s simply impossible. So in summary, I firmly believe that the first right necessary for a person is freedom, then come the other ones, like freedom of expression, to make our own choices without being judged and discriminated and so on.

  40. Deborah Castoro scrive:

    The human rights began to be used in 1948 but casually the Europe went worse than it was before.
    Was established the Declaration of Human Rights to seek a solution against wars.
    In the world exist 30 rights even if some aren’t respected: the 4° article “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slaver trade shall be prohibited in all their forms” is an example of the right isn’t safeguarded.
    This isn’t safeguarded not only in Italy but also in other countries where unfortunately the kids are out of school but begin to work under exploitation since childhood. In addition to the exploitation of children, there is also the problem of censorship. The censorship is the control of the communication or forms of freedom such as freedom of thought , of speech , of expression , by an authority .
    This didn’t happen only between two people but you can see it on the news and in the newspapers when commentators or journalists announce the news because they do not express everything they want or that respondents shall report.

  41. Martina Giordano scrive:

    When you talk about human rights, the respect of human rights, the thing that you think are the Islamic countries. In this countries human rights aren’t all respected for example equal, religion and education. Women and men haven’t equal rights for everything. Many women can’t go to school and get an education, can’t go out alone from home and must have their face convered. Beyond this, also the religion it’s a foundamental problem; there have been and there are religious wars and many people are killed because they have a different religion.
    Not only in islam human rights aren’t respected, but also in USA. The rights to life and discrimination in USA aren’t respected; the eighth amendament cruel or unusual, however in many state of USA it’s in forse the death penality. Then ,are now frequent and numerous incidents of racism and discrimination against black people.
    In Italy fortunately human rights are almoust all respected. Fredoom of speech aren’t protected as now should be. All the news of the mass media go from a subjective filter and maybe not suits the news are true.

  42. Valentina Pignat scrive:

    The words that struck me more, are the most flashy ones, like: RIGHT, FREEDOM, EVERYONE, HUMAN, and EQUAL.
    I think that the word “LAW” could link perfectly with all these words, because we’re human and we’re equal only if we have the same rights, but the rights depend on laws.
    Not everyone has the same freedom, because the laws are different from country to country.
    The word “RIGHT” is the biggest one, because it is the most important.
    All around the world, there are people who are not allowed to do some things that in our country we take for granted.
    This is a big problem because there are a lot of imbalance and sometimes this is so dangerous because it can causes wars.
    I think we should start to judge less the people.
    I think that in our country all the most important rights are guaranteed, there is no slavery, the women have the same rights as men, the girls are allowed to go to school as boys do and then, there is no death penalty or other types of physical torments.
    I feel safe in this country and I’m not afraid to express my opinions, because I know that nobody will never kill me if I express my feelings.
    This, unfortunately, is different in others countries; in some parts of the world, children cannot go to school; they’re forced to work since they’re just little babies.
    In some countries women are treated like objects and there is no freedom of speech.
    In the image of “THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS” I can see a little sentence: ”we’re all born free and equal.” I was so surprised to see it. Are we really free and equal at the same way? I’m sure we’re not like we should be.
    Another problem is enhanced because of corruption.
    Sometimes we read things that are filtered by people who paid a lot to edit things on behalf of them. This is so incredible and disquieting. What are they hiding? Why are they hiding some things?
    Sometimes there were people who wanted to show to the world how things were really going but they were immediately killed.
    So this is the problem: NOBODY HAS COURAGE.
    Everybody is afraid, so we continue to depend on someone just to save our lives, but we don’t understand that in this way our country will be increasingly damaged.
    Here in Italy we believe to be totally free, but the State manipulates us and it makes us believe what he wants.
    Precisely for this reason we’re in a low place for the potential of our country regarding the right of the freedom of the press. This is strongly affected by the mafias.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Thanks. Mind you though, that it is not true that Nobody has courage. Think of what Malala did. She was just fourteen and now at the age of 16 she is a Nobel Prize recipient and she keeps fighting for the right of young girs to go to school in her region in Pakistan. There are lots of people who are courageous enough to risk their lives and the lives of their beloved to be themselves, to speak out.

  43. Matias Murlo scrive:

    The universal declaration of human rights was written in 1948, after the second world war, thanks also to the constitution of ONU. But the human rights were born in 2000 a.c when Cyrius the greatest made the Cyrius cylinder and with time were modified, until now.
    The human rights are very important because we must have the same rights and make a better world, if everyone respect it, will be a better, but unfortunately not all are respected.
    I think that some rights are not guaranteed, for example the right number 4, because still today there are slavery, and many people suffer every type of torture. And also the article number 16, because in Italy and in others countries the gay marriage is not approved yet.
    Another right that is not guaranteed that affect all, is the right of speech, people can not express themselves and write that they want, because the government does not to know the truth, speech and expression, and so we do not know the truth of everything, unfortunately I think we are the pawns of the state, this is a right that is denied us every day, is alarming because we are at the 54th place in the world, but many people do not know it.

  44. Chiara M. scrive:

    The first word I noticed,was EQUALITY.
    This word is fundamental if we talk about human rights because it lies at the bottom of it.
    Still nowadays we have to fight for our rights.
    In some countries (like in third world countries) human rights aren’t respected.
    Few weeks ago I saw at school a documentary called “The dark side of chocolate” ,produced by a danish journalist who investigated the use of child labor and trafficked children in chocolate production.
    The trafficked children are forced to work for global companies like Nestlè and others…. and they’re underpaid.
    The fact is that this traffic of children should be illegal!
    One of these children was interviewed by the film-producer and he said that if he didn’t work,companies would never pay him and his parents would get angry with him.
    The article number 4 of the human rights says that no one shall be held in a state of slavery.
    Slavery and slave trade will be prohibited under any form.
    Unfortunately even if the producer showed to the whole world the truth,this atrocity still continues to live.
    Looking at Simone Verza’s poster I immediately tought about Death penality,which is a method used by the state to kill the prisoner.
    In 2013 778 people were executed worldwide.
    80 % of them were in Iran,Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
    In China the number of executions is a state secret but everybody knows that there are more executions than the rest of the world put together.
    USA appears in the list of the “5 biggest executioners” and is the only country in the Americas to carry out executions.
    According to the last datas about Death penality,41 % of executions takes place in Texas.
    In my opinion every human has the right to live and things which are against human rights,violate the right to life.
    The first video contains all what I think (more or less).
    I agree also with the spanish girl in the last video.
    Every person has his/her opinions about human rights.
    It’s obvious that If you ask someone off guard what the human rights are,he/she will answer the first thing is on his/her mind,which is not what you were looking for.
    As a human being I think that nobody is different. We are all equal. It doesn’t matter if my skin has a different colour than yours. We’re all “composed” of the same matter.
    In conclusion I’d like to share an Aristotle quote.
    “The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Thank you Chiara. I am proud you are one of my students this year. You can contribute a lot with your thoughts and with your knowledge of the English language. 🙂

  45. Martina Di Bernardo scrive:

    I have read the Declaration of human rights and I think ,they have been touched all points of life that affect us and the world around us.
    Often in Italy these rights are violated.
    We are all born with equal dignity and rights but because of bureaucracy, economic difficulties, for rudeness sometimes growing these rights are trampled.
    The spirit of brotherhood in Italy you can see when volunteers help families in difficulty to earthquakes, floods and other disasters or when we look at the national team, then we are all united!
    But you realize you have a neighbor in big trouble until after a tragedy.
    Today in Italy we live with people of different nationalities and often we see situations in which they are both violated .
    In Italy people are not subjected to torture but you can still observe the brutal torture of animals just for cosmetic purposes.
    Do not speak about Italian justice that often takes years to judge and give the right punishment.
    Often the family is not sufficiently protected by the laws of this State and certainly the women and children are the ones most needed of protection.
    Often families with economic difficulties haven’t the house and can not afford care, food, clothing.
    Every person has the right to work but in Italy there are many people do not have it.
    Therefore they can not afford a paid holiday.
    The guarantee of these rights should be guaranteed by a strong state that at least enforces our Constitution.

  46. Sara Foresto scrive:

    Human Rights are rights that protect us and must be respected. But we already know that this does not happen in every country. And if we think of a country where the Human Rights are not respected immediately we think about the poor countries, but I think that not only in these countries the rights are not respected for example even in Italy there is not a beautiful situation as it may seem, because even here some rights are not respected like the Article 1 that speak about the brotherhood. I don’t think in our country still exist brotherhood, or maybe it never existed. Because if there was brotherhood there wouldn’t be all these problems with the race, with the color of a person, or with the nation and the social origins we should help each other instead of attack one another. We should be united and we know very well that it does not happen. In my opinion even the Article 3 is not respected, it said that everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. And continuously when we read a newspaper we read about a murder or when we turn on the television we see a women that has been killed. There are people that continuously deprive life without have the right to do it and for many of them there is not punishment. Is this right? In my opinion even the Article 16 is not respected. It speak about the freedom to marry whomever you want and this many times it is not possible like in the homosexual marriage, because the majority of the people and especially the church here in Italy does not want homosexuals to marry for two reasons: the church does not accept it because she thinks that a marriage is composed by male and female ,and the status does not recognize it.
    I think even that the Article 18 is not respected because sometimes the right to express your thought is denied or better is not “heard” as Simone Verza denounces in his post. You are not heard above all when you are not an important people like a politician man or a men with lots of money. In my opinion the Article 25 is not respected because in Italy there is lots of family that have economic difficulties so they do not have a house, do not have the money to bring up their children and although many people know about these situations and could help them, many times they don’t do absolutely nothing.
    So I think that Human Rights in Italy are not completely respected like surely in other countries but I want to believe that one day all the people could be respected like human beings and not according to the color of the skin or to the national origins.

  47. Mariam Nofiss scrive:

    “ASHES”

    I see around me
    only ashes.
    Ashes, like me.
    I fight,
    I’m fire and flames.
    I lose,
    I’m smoke and ashes.
    Shouting to the world
    the life I want,
    far from here.
    Fire to my throat
    and I swear
    there are days when
    I happily choke on my ashes.
    I am no one
    in this world.
    No one.
    But who knows if
    up there
    the stars will burn so much
    to become ashes.
    Ashes, like me.

    MONOLOGUE PIERPAOLO MITTICA EXHIBITION

    I am a hook. I was born in Mumbai as a hook for an expensive wardrobe. I’m six years old, but my owner, a old rich director, threw me into the trash to make room for a more modern wardrobe.
    Now I belong to an Indian boy named Raju. He is a dumpside boy, and he found me two years ago. Now I help him pick the trash. Every morning Raju gets up at dawn, and we go together to sift through the rubbish and to pile it up. It’s a very large dumpside, because in Mumbai trash is abundant.
    There are many useful things for the survival of Raju and his family, like clothes, baskets, blankets, bowls and many other things that the rich people from Mumbai throw away. I remember that a few months ago, I found some coins. The surface was rough and the metal was very cold. Raju was excited! The trash in the dumpside usually is wet and I find it troublesome. One day, Raju and I found a pair of shoes. They were huge, but to protect his feet, Raju wore them. But after a few days, he gave them to his brother, because they were a hindrance to his work. I’m enough for him to live on, and at that moment I felt proud of myself. Legs of Raju and I are approximately of the same thickness. After years of work, I’m all scratched and filthy. One day Raju took me inside a shower and cleaned me. I’ve never felt so good.
    I don’t miss at all my previous life, because it’s nice to know that a child as responsible as Raju relies on me to do his work, necessary for his survival. I’m indispensable to him. I’m proud of my work, even if it is to sift through the rubbish, and I’m grateful to Raju for choosing me among many other hooks.

  48. Giorgia Lena scrive:

    I think that human rights, one way or another, are always violated, I mean that they are never respected all together in the same place at the same time, which would be ideal.
    Italy is a democratic and developed country so we take our rights for granted, but we don’t remember about human rights, in fact some of them are not respected here.
    For example ‘all adults have the right to marriage and to raise a family’ is not respected because homosexual people can’t marry in Italy and even if they celebrate the wedding abroad it is not recognized here in Italy, nor they can have children. But even single mothers couldn’t adopt children since a new law accepted it a few months ago.
    I think that ‘you have the right to social security and are entitled to economic, social and cultural help from your government ‘ and ‘workers rights: every adult has the right to a job, a fair wage and to join a trade union’ are linked, because now in Italy there is the crisis and the government is not helping the citizens, instead is cutting the budgets of hospitals and schools.
    Obviously we Italians are lucky because just few of the human rights are not respected while in others parts of the world kids are obliged to work, there are slaves, women can’t drive or wear trousers, people are obliged to follow a religion in which they don’t believe in, they can’t vote or have and education.

  49. Camilla Cimarosti scrive:

    Poem “Ashes”

    Murky grains are flying in the smothering air,
    Side by side.
    Flocks of swallows,
    Looking for the right place to perch.
    They keep on carrying the weight of humans’ mistakes,
    Trying to go back to their owners.
    But
    They are lost.
    Nobody wants them, nobody cares,
    They are just bringers of bad luck.
    Grains are clinging desperately to their creators,
    They are one, this is their home.
    Little by little we drown,
    Covered by the mantle of ashes,
    Shedding tears, screaming
    Loudly.
    Nobody wants to be here,
    Nobody wants to leave.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      And you thought you could not write a poem? Well done! Keep on writing, keep on experimenting, keep on discovering the great capabilities hidden in you 🙂

  50. Sara Rosso scrive:

    Ashes

    We live here.
    In the middle of desolate cities,
    destroyed by wars and radiations
    outcome of humankind’s ambition.
    Oh man, did you learn from your mistakes?
    Why do you continue poisoning your planet?
    Why do you prey upon your counterparts?
    Wherever you go a cloud of smoke raises,
    and then it lies down
    revealing the horrible image
    of what you left behind you.
    A gray thin layer covers everything,
    it hides your mistakes,
    that layer is made of us: ashes.

  51. Greta Mazzon scrive:

    Ashes

    Lost in the wind
    of time fragments of each and of everything.
    They wander in the immense,
    Carried aimlessly.
    Maybe the voracious universe
    swallowed them all.
    Only in its
    dirty odds will remain their memory.
    And I look at myself dissolving in those pictures
    That to me cause suffering, fear, loneliness ,misunderstanding
    Nobody talks about this,
    Nobody knows,
    Nobody wants to understand that we have to keep what we have.

  52. Giulia Petozzi scrive:

    ASHES

    Our world is a mess of contradictions.
    The phenomenon that makes our life possible is the one which provokes a Tsunami.
    One of the most fast growing countries is actually one of the poorest.
    The nuclear reactors that give us a lot of energy could make life on our planet impossible.
    The recycling of trash gives work to poor people in Mumbai and an the same time kills them.

    But the problem is not the inconsistency of our planet,
    the problem is the HUMAN kind: human but not kind yet we are the humankind!
    We just ignore the problematic regions of our world,
    we simulate not to see anything
    We close ourselves in a golden globe in the middle of the stench of misery.
    We want to develop and progress without caring about the other people or nature.

    But then someone cares,
    someone tries to help people see the bad situation our world is in
    someone speaks with the voice of the poor that cannot speak their mind
    someone sees with the eyes of a partially sighted.
    When a man shows you a three-year-old baby with leukemia,
    a family living in a bidoneville,
    a dad bringing up his children on the street,
    a boy without any protection carrying garbage into the compound for recycling,
    elderly that cannot go back to their villages because they are an exclusion land,
    you understand that something must be done.

    There is a crack in everything.
    And instead of working united to create a better place for everyone
    we go on fighting
    We are so dumbly blind and we do not understand that wars beget losers, not winners.
    When there is a war, there is death
    When there is death, there is not life
    When there is no life, there is no humanity
    When there is no humanity, there are ashes
    JUST
    ASHES

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Great Giulia. See whether the minor changes I made are in tune with what you originally wanted to say. There is just one line I cannot work out the meaning of. Please let me know so that we can find a clearer way to render it: “elderly that cannot go back to their villages because they are an exclusion land”.

  53. Alberto scrive:

    It’s not easy to talk about a similar issue just writing a comment but I’ll try to do my best.
    When I read the article a word caught my attention, though it could seem banal: RIGHT. What does right means? And why do we need rights, especially human rights? This is an important point to me.
    Because I think rights are necessary to decree what we’re allowed to do but I think they’re necessary just in a certain range which to me is the legal one.
    The reason why we’re speaking about human rights is absurde, I mean..everyone should respect other human beings. The problem is that human rights are necessary to live quietly. Being respected shouldn’t be a matter of rights.
    The problem is at the very beginning.
    After that we can comment human rights.
    All of them safeguard the integrity of people which is jeopardised by people who want to prevail on others damaging them.
    Although human rights exist they’re not everywhere respected even because they’re not recognised as laws which is absurde because they are fundamental and they would make people being more respectful.
    These 30 statements could be abused because it’s good to have freedom of speech for example but it means that depend on you how much you can speak. And this is another problem because rights are not always used properly.
    It’s true that they establish fundamental thing but they are not weapons so it has no sense to intimidate someone bu using human rights.
    The most important thing expressed in the declaration is the right to choose which is to me extremely important and it makes pur life fantastic. Because the world is wonderful because there are different types of people and it’s taken for granted but not everywhere people have this right. We must have a free life where we can choose what we want to become and fight for it is our right. The right to be the human we want.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      I know that a single post on a blog cannot express the dignity and depth such an issue deserve. Yet, as a teacher of English, I aim at killing two birds with one stone: introuding themes of debate (which I deem relevant and necessary to investigate) and making my students express themselves freely in English. Obviously we are just laying the basis for investigations you will carry out in the future or at present, investigations you will do by yourself or in other subjects. It is impossible to deal with an issue in great depth on a blog and most of all in just a few hours of English you have. However, we cannot possibly limit ourselves to the school book only. So we must find a compromise. Here the blog comes in.

  54. Chiara Turchet scrive:

    HUMAN RIGHTS

    Human Rights. A deep concept, maybe too deep and complex to have a clarifying explanation. As we saw in the video “The Story of Human Rights” we all give our personal meaning to those two words. And at the bottom there are some people who are not so conscious of what their rights really are and what they guarantee us, and I am one of those people. This because, in my opinion, there’s not enough information and debate on this theme: some people think that since we are humans we already know what our rights are, but it’s not so obvious. I think that nothing that concerns our freedoms and duties can be obvious. In fact, for example, if we ask a boy that works as a slave in some parts of the world, I hardly think that he knows what his rights are, as a human being. So first of all, in my opinion, there should be more information about human rights, for anyone and everywhere. I think that it is important, above all for students and pupils to know for what they will fight in their future to safeguard the people and the world we live in.
    The Human Rights represent and protect all the capabilities and ideas that make human beings so extraordinarily beautiful and intelligent. So, only if we know them, we can really understand who we are. For this, I think that the first step to make them applied is “to kill” the ignorance of people through education. But certainly this is not enough.
    Like everyone, I have my own explanation for human rights, too. In my opinion what makes human beings so unique is their freedom. We are the only specie in the world that can be considered truly free (it is the ideal rule, because unfortunately in the reality very often it is not so). We are human because we are free. Our human rights are like the special wings thanks to which we can achieve our freedom. So the words that in the wordle above have caught my attention the most are freedom, human and everyone. Yes, because we have to remember that the universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) guarantees our humanity and our rights in front of everything and everyone. And very often this is not respected in the world.
    Our rights are the demonstration of how much and how long we fought in the past to have them guaranteed, so there should be honor and pride in applying them, but the reality it isn’t evidence of that.
    Even if we live in a democratic country we watch on tv everyday a lot of injustices and violence. Too many. This make me ashamed of my Italy. And if we see the situation outside Italy it is becoming more and more unbearable. Slavery, violence, prostitution, mafia, wars, terrorist attacks, racism: these will be the basis for the world of the future if we continue to do nothing. There are places where people cannot express their opinions, ideas or have an education or profess their own religion. There are women who are treated like useless and insignificant objects, that are beaten, exploited and segregated. I cannot even imagine that one day my son or daughter could possibly live in a world like that. And I do not want to!
    In my opinion the solution is the collaboration and cooperation between the countries and the people, because only with unity we can really reach the concept of Human Rights. The problem is that there was not cooperation in the past, when the Declaration of Human Rights was written, and there is not even today, because there is not the will to improve things yet.
    While all the Governments claim they are doing their best, everything possible to ensure rights and freedom, there are million of people in the world that are starving, dying, suffering: maybe what governments call “possible” is not enough. I have hope in the human race, but If we really imagine a world where rights are applied and respected, I think we will only find a big, wonderful illusion. This is what my world shows to me: no interest in becoming free and independent. In this world materials things replace human aspects and this is really sad. If we want to reach that wonderful illusion there must be collaboration among governments, states, countries, friends, humans: all united without thinking of their own business, but only to fight for their rights of life. All brothers and sisters. Everyone line up for us human beings. This is my wish for the future.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      I hope your dream will come true and this is the reason why I ask you to work on issues like these. As you point out, if you know you can take action and you can become a more responsible citizen. This does not mean we will be able to solve all the ills in this world, but at least we won’t be passive eyewitnesses to our own end. You strongly point out that you want a better world to live in for your children to come. Since I am an adult and not an adolescent like you, I want a better world for my students, I want to equip them with more sensitivity and compassion, I want them to think about others and themselves at the same time, I want them to share ideas, express their own thoughts and work in team to aim at the same target: living together in peace, supporting one other, caring for one another. Is this a naive objective? Is this just a dream? Am I a gullible middle-aged teacher of English? Be so, but at least I do not want to be a dull and passive cynic.

  55. Anna reschiotto scrive:

    Human rights are an important theme. Obviously if I talk with somebody of Human rights he/she will know what I am pointing out but such as we can see in the video no one can give us an exact definition. I think we take them for granteed now because in a country like Italy an Italian person does not daily fight against the system to impose his/her rights. But we need to imagine that people in other countries every day fight for their lives and their rights because of the reality they are living, some are held in slavery, others cannot speak freely because they go against the system maybe because they criticize it but they have to because they are not considered human beings unfortunately. Even in Italy some rights are violated, people that are powerful impose themselves brutally to others that are ordinardy workers and make them do what they want even if they go against the law. But I think the main problem is the prejudices we have of foreigners. I am dealing with the fact that we are, many times, used to believing that others are inferior and I speak for Italians. I could notice that many people think that foreigners are bad company because of some events caused by extremists, or for their different culture and religion. In my short experience I have seen people accused unfairly only because they are black and people are inclined to think badly of cultures different from theirs.
    The video I liked most was the one entitled “We are all born free” because it caught more my attention, I was more involved than by the others because the man explains the point clearly and we don’t have to read.

  56. Irene Piva scrive:

    ASHES

    The man who lives knowingly
    documents humanity’s life
    we survive
    an existence to the limits of life itself
    for what?
    to guarantee us a “superior” humanity?
    OR
    to enjoy a wealth that makes all others
    slaves?
    We are all slaves
    of pollution…
    of diseases…
    of ignorance…
    of poverty…
    We will all be ashes very soon

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      I like the way you created pauses of reflection through the use of questions and then curt and straightforward undeniable/unquestionable answers.

  57. Anna Pignat scrive:

    Looking at the words on Human Rights the words that catch my attention most are RIGHTS EVERYBODY and FREEDOM and if I think of what human rights mean I immediately think: “the freedom everybody should have”. Sadly that’s not true in the majority of countries, human rights aren’t rights at all because they aren’t guaranteed all over the world altough these rights are at the root of a pacific and respectful society, they belong to us, to everyone. We are lucky to live in Italy because more or less we are guaranteed, we have almost all those rights: we can freely express our opinion, we all have an education and everybody in Italy can believe in whatever he/she wants to, we can vote and we can travel wherever, we aren’t slaves, we have justice and privacy. But are all those rights effective? We can be homosexual without being judged? We really have privacy, online or talking on the phone? I don’t think so. Have all adults got a job? Have we got, as adolescents, the prospectse to find a god job? Definitely (and unfortunately) no. But probably the most important problem we have, as humans not only as Italians, is the lack of awareness. We don’t understand the importance of these rights because we, as European and democratic countries, take them for granted and so we forget how much these rights are necessary in the poorest and less developed countries. But we MUST take in consideration all the parts in the world in which there’s child exploitation, where women aren’t emancipated, or just think of all those people in the world who haven’t got a secure place to live in, who haven’t got enough food or water, of the slaves, of the violence. Human rights are many and all are important, fundamental, necessary. We have to fight for them to make them real, to make everybody free and conscious, to help those who cannot do it by themselves. Going on with this idea I really appreciate the first video in which rights are explained by children, it is touching and easy to understand for everybody, as human rights should be.

  58. Sara Boschin scrive:

    Right.
    Everyone.
    Freedom.
    Protection,
    Equal.
    One.
    Law.
    These are the words that have caught my attention.
    These words are the bases of the “Human Rights”.
    Human Rights have to guarantee freedom, protection, equality to everyone. The law should guarantee the respect of them.
    But, as history teaches us, the majority of Human Rights are just words written on a piece of paper.
    Let’s give some examples.
    In some countries there isn’t the right to education (Malala is still fighting for it).
    According to the Human Rights, in the world there shouldn’t exist slavery, tortures… Yes, the Human Rights are really not safeguarded!
    In Italy we don’t have “freedom of press”, namely we could say that we don’t have total “freedom of expression”. This is the right that Simone Verza wants to denounce with his poster.

    All the three imagines have in common the meaning: we all have the right to have Human Rights.
    Nobody can take them away from us.

    Both videos are nice but my favorite is the second one. It is more fun and shows us Human Rights as something common, as something that anybody should know.
    But, as the interviews that the third video show us, few people know their Human Rights.

    And here lies the problem: if we don’t know what Human Rights are, how can we expect to safeguard them?
    I agree with that boy: people need to do a little bit of homework.

  59. Carbonera Sofia scrive:

    In this picture the word RIGHT is surrounded by many words that are closely connected to the law and the information, and for me this is very important because the majority of people in our country do not know all the cases where human rights are not applied, so newspapers, television news and books must inform people to really change thing in the world. Than the states of every country could do something to safeguard human rights, but unfortunately it isn’t like that. In our country there are some rights that are not safeguarded, like gay rights. The criticism of Simone Verza is that is not necessary that the human rights remain written and not respected. He denounces all cases where human rights are not respected even if all states are in agreement with “the universal declaration of human rights”. All the images support the idea that all men are equal and have equal rights. I like more the second video because is more original and fun. From this video I can learn some articles of “the universal declaration of human rights”

  60. Giorgia Lo Pipero scrive:

    Human rights are rights that have to be assigned to everyone and nobody can take these rights away from people because they belong to us. When I try to think of “human rights”, the words that occur to my mind are: rights (that a person should have), freedom, equality, everyone, protection and respect. These words have a link in common, infact, rights should be for everyone, they permit you to be free, to be equal, with no discrimination, to be protected and respected. Everyone has rights, but unfortunately not always they’re guaranteed. There are many rights that aren’t safeguarded, for example Article 3. It says “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”: it isn’t true. In so many countries there’s still slavery and it is intolerable because nobody is entitled to take people and enslave them. Other article that isn’t respected is the number 19. It says “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”: this article isn’t guaranteed because in many countries there’s censorship, so journalists can’t voice their opinions or can’t let the wolrld know how the news is really.
    In Italy, fortunately, almost all the human rights are safeguarded for the majority. But we need to open our mind and think of people that are corrupted or think of mafia. This organization let work many people illegaly. Mafia also does human trafficking or does work children because they can’t be arrested. It’s all unjust, doing as mafia does is a infringement of most of human rights. There are many others article that aren’t safeguarded and it is unfair and people should know these human rights and fight for them, but, the problem is that not everyone knows what they are.
    I think we have to open our eyes, let know people what human rights are (via mas media, social, newspaper -even if there’s censorship, we can try it-) and defend what is our, that are human right. There are many others article that aren’t safeguarded and it is unfair and people should know these human rights and fight for them, but, the problem is that not everyone knows what they are.

  61. Valentina Pignat scrive:

    Monologue
    MEMORIES OF A TYPEWRITER

    I’m alone. I’m alone in a little piece of a Bosnian road.
    Nobody will never pick up me. I’ll be alone forever.
    I’m sad. Near me there are only ruins, all the people have run away because of the war. Among me there is only sadness, melancholy and everything is ash gray.
    All the houses have been bombarded and they will linger abandoned because, I think, nobody will come nevermore. Here there are no laws, this is not a nation anymore. There isn’t respect and those who survived have to live in a country where there isn’t life and where there is no hope.
    I think nothing will change back as before.
    Look at me, please.
    I’m old, I’m riddled, but I’m still alive and this are the scars that show how much I fought during my life.
    I’ve seen things that humans should never think about. How many dead people have I seen? But, the most important and disgusting thing: how many babies have I seen dying?
    Even if I’m only a dumb object, it breaks my heart to see people degenerate in that way.
    Why destroy such a beautiful world? It is not a pastime. You create a happy nation, where all the people are carefree and joyful. I truly don’t understand why you have to destroy it! Think about it; I’m sure I’m the only one living here now. And I’m sure I’ll be the only one living here for the rest of my life. But, try to think: what would the world be like if there were wars everywhere? I beg you to think about it. There wouldn’t be people anymore and all the houses and the stores would be empty, dark and almost scary and disturbing.
    You, human beings! You have to fight for your own rights and especially for peace.
    Don’t make war. Look, you will be alone like me if make war.
    Do you relly want to become like me? I don’t think so!
    So, listen to me: fight, fight for equality, for rights and for all you think it would be important to you. But please, no violence.
    I safeguard you: violence leads up to war and war leads up to death.
    REMEMBER THIS: A WORLD OF DEAD PEOPLE, IS NOT A WORLD ANYMORE.
    Don’t forget wars. Remember them.
    Don’t make the same mistakes! Don’t sink into oblivion.
    This letter in this wasteland is my testament and these are the last words I wanted to write to you.

    ASHES

    Ashes, only ashes,
    this is what is left in some parts of the world;
    all around is gray, pitch dark.

    And trees?
    Trees speak little, you know,
    but their expression shows the lonliness of deserted places, empty but full of sweet past memories.

    Silence.
    There’s only the soft blowing of the wind;
    you can’t even hear the howling of wolves…

    There’s nothing left, nobody is around,
    all is abandoned,
    all is dead, sad
    all was burned down by fire.

    Silence.
    Darkness.

    Ashes, only ashes.

  62. Alessandro Candido scrive:

    Ashes
    that’s our world
    that’s what is left of it
    after humanity has definitively burnt and exhausted the fecundity of the soil,
    its aboundance, its prosperity.
    This will be our fate —- nothing else:
    still a few days ahead
    before we plunge into the dark and gloomy hell we ourselves created for us.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Powerful poem, full of the bleakness characterising the negative connotation of the word ashes.

  63. Elisa Luisetto scrive:

    We hurt ourselves,
    Our own world,
    We exploit the environment,
    We ravish nature,
    We turn once-prosperous havens into bleak deserts
    Unaware of the damage
    We are blind to the destruction we are causing
    We are wasting
    Our planet.

  64. Silvia Basso scrive:

    ASHES

    Panic.
    Blasts, flames, heat.
    Smoke, shout, pain.
    People were running, falling, stumbling,
    screaming, crying, dying.

    Peace.
    Silence, desolation, death.
    The streets are sinister,
    the days are colder.
    No warmth remains,
    just ashes…
    of a fire that once burned.

  65. Marta Morandin scrive:

    Ashes

    Images of a sad town
    there are no people around
    the sun doesn’t shine.
    The sound of the Sunday
    people can’t be heard
    they want to flee
    someone has the courage to stay.
    In the horizon only smokestacks
    with their grey fumes
    Ashes that fall on people’s lives
    Ashes grey with pain.
    Is progress worthwhile?

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Progress is worthwhile if it is in tune with humanity, if it is done for the benefit of human beings and not for the profit of some. The latter brings about sufferings and devastation.

  66. Laura Zuccolin scrive:

    ASHES
    In a moment everything changes.
    One moment you have everything, a moment later you have nothing left.
    Like when you build a sand castle by the sea, and a spiteful wave takes it away.

    In a moment everything changes.
    One moment you are someone, a moment later you are no one, and loneliness, desolation, anger and frustration reign in your eyes.

    In a moment everything changes.
    One moment you can see the colors, and a moment later everything is black and white.
    There is no more hope. Now hearts are home to dispair, sadness and fear only.

    In a moment everything changes.
    One moment you do not know how to cry, a moment later you have already learned.
    You are disoriented, and the only thing you can do is to remember the happy times, when everything was ok.

    In a moment everything changes.
    One moment you are alive, a moment later you are not here anymore.
    You wonder: “Why me?”, and the only answer you get is silence.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Silence kills, doesn’t it? Not knowing why, not getting an answer, this is terrible, you’re right.

  67. Elisa Luisetto scrive:

    I was very impressed by this exhibition, I didn’t know the author, but after having seen it I did reseaches on his behalf. He deal, in all his photographs, important topics, real and critical facts that happen around the world. Through his photographs, taken during his various trips in different continents and nations, he wants us to have a look, wants us to get closer to these issues that afflict, not us directly, but many other people, enviroments and ethnicities. Through his photo, although many are in black and white, he manages to make us recognize the seriousness of these event, he manages to raise our awareness, to make us think. Landscapes, cities, territories devastated by the past, by man, poor children less fortunate than us.
    I’m glad to have seen it, I was pleased to see these photos, to learn something about this photographer, born in my same city.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      I am happy to read I did the right thing then! Asking you or better inviting you to go and see the exhibition was then worthiwhile. 😉

  68. Giorgia Lo Pipero scrive:

    – Monologue Pierpaolo Mittica photography exhibition
    I chose the photo called “Kindergarten”, taken in Pripyat (Ucraina). It struck me because in the photo you can see a room of a kindergarten, with some cribs in it. Close-up: there’s a crib with a doll inside. This doll is different from other toys, it’s without arms, dirty, naked, with uncombed hair…destroyed. On the floor there are ruins, broken toys and drawings made by children. The photo location is sad and dark. I think this photo is a metaphor created to explain the pain and the fear that people, above all children, felt during the explosion. They weren’t prepared to such a disaster and they felt defenceless. The Chernobyl disaster changed many lives: children couldn’t play with their toys (because of the explosion), with their friends, adults were living in fear.
    I tried to identify myself with the doll of the photo and I wrote a little monologue, here it is.
    “My name’s Alisa, I’m a doll and fortunately I survived (so to speak) the terrible explosion. It was horrible and I lost my little mistress Karina. That day, Karina, the other children and I, were playing all together when, suddently, we heard a blast. Everyone ran to see what was happening and we panicked. Then there was a fire and the kindergarten started burning. All the people there ran outside and after about ten minutes, help arrived. Karina tried her best to take me away but someone pulled her from me to take her into a safe place. I’m happy that she managed to survive and I hope she’ll remember me (or maybe reclaim me).”

    -Poem

    What remains
    are ashes.
    Lives were devasteted,
    cities destroyed,
    all was deserted.
    There was fear in people’s eyes,
    everything disappeared,
    many people died.
    Ashes
    ONLY
    Ashes
    That’s what you can find there.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      You chose a very touching photo. When I visited the exhibition I was immediately touched by it myself. You gave life to it.

  69. Nicole Mellina scrive:

    ASHES:
    Everything is destroyed
    Empty, sad, silent.
    I feel hopeless,
    I see ashes, ashes all around me,
    ashes of many lives.
    Kids who play in their houses,
    now devastated,
    they smile turned into ashes, why?
    People stare at their house, at what remains of it,
    that was their only home, they can’t go anywhere else.
    Lonely children forced into adulthood, innocence lost
    Beggars everywhere
    Street life is now a rule, not an exception.
    Sick children can’t be cured.
    Rag dolls wet, dirty, on the ground.
    Evacuated, abandoned buildings.
    I hear nothing but silence.
    I am surrounded by ashes
    Ashes everywhere

  70. francesco colicchia scrive:

    I think that in Italy some Human Rights are not guaranted like the right to freedom or the article7 who sad that we are all equal before the low.
    In the other countries it depends, in the more developed countries there are less rights that are not guaranted respect at the countries less developed, but the two i wrote before i think are not guaranted all over the world.
    I think more or less all the human rights are not safeguarded.
    Simone Verza in his poster I think he denounce the censorship that prevents us to say what we want.
    Unfortunately we live in a world where you cant say what you want, because if you say disagrees with what an influent pearson think you can be died.
    In some countries this happens and we don’t think at this because we think that in our country we are really free, but it not so

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      You are referring to the freedom of press which is not completely safeguarded in Italy. We discussed this in class and we looked at a world map showing which countries guarantee complete freedom of press and which are doing pretty badly (Italy included). What about other rights that are not safeguarded? You do not mention them. You mention something we did in class together, so you did not add anything new.

  71. Valentina Lucchese scrive:

    ASHES
    The darkest clouds I’ve ever seen in my life, running on the horizon, overlooking the cities full of ghosts…desperation in their eyes.
    Children are still crying, but nobody answers…everything keeps silent in the chaos of destruction.
    Baths of tears, as red as blood, in the blackness of ashes.
    Life ran away from this places like a criminal, a wanted…
    Inanimate objects and dead bodies, lying down on the streets, trying to save themselves from pain
    Fleeting shadows cross my way crying, screaming…but they are not alive anymore
    And lo! light reappears, cold
    It seems to be aware of everything that happended.
    It lights the most horrible things which have remained.
    We can start again, never go back

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      I love the metaphors you created to express the pain and desperation triggered in you by the exhibition.

  72. Valentina Mussio scrive:

    Ashes

    A day had come, when you woke up as a person and at the end of that day you were a survivor.
    At the end of that day the only things you own are fear, pain and desperation.
    Your sight is blurred, you can’t breathe, you gasp looking for no toxic oxygen.
    Trying to run away, you stumble upon an empty and dirty cradle, that lays on the top of a pile of rubbish.
    You try not to think about the baby, who belongs to that wreck, and other million babies who have no future.
    You feel the devastation deep in your bones, and you can’t possibly remedy this situation.
    This is a war where there aren’t good or evil, where everybody is guilty, where everything has changed and nothing will be the way it used to be.
    Cities, that never look so lonely, now are deserts of dust, ashes and terrible loss.
    There’s nothing left to do now.
    Just hope that one day you’ll be part of the ashes that cover this unfortunate Earth.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      A born poet! Great poem Valentina. I loved reading it, thanks for the pleasure you’ve given me.

  73. Andreea Zaharia scrive:

    It’s hard to understand something when you don’t live it
    You ask yourself how people can live with it
    and sometimes you stop to think how lucky you are
    Not living in that situation.
    But did you ever ask yourself,
    how those people can put up with this?
    Surviving their past? Being scared that what they lived could happen again?
    Maybe we’ll never understand; we can only try to imagine
    what those men… women… children experienced and had to go through.
    We have evrything but they (maybe) lost everything.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Do we really have everything or are we the ones who have lost everything? I wonder, I ask myself if we are not all lost when we are being carried away by our hectic lives that make us have a “funnelled” vision of life.

  74. Corinne D'Andrea scrive:

    This is my poem inspired by the exhibition “Ashes” by Pierpaolo Mittica:

    I am standing in my hell
    looking around me
    and breathing slowly.

    Through the fog
    of this dusty day
    everything seems quiet.

    Fall has come
    trees can feel it
    they have changed because of it.

    The bright colors of the leaves
    make my hell a peaceful place
    or at least it seems so.

    Not just the leaves
    not just the trees
    have changed.

    The land and the water
    that soak it
    have received the same color.

    Is it our fall?
    Is it our copper?
    Is it our ash?

  75. Persis Osei scrive:

    On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaims the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as a common standard of achievement for all people and all Nation. Human Rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. They are called Human Rights because they are universal. In my view, today Human Rights are very important not just for me but for everybody to safeguard our life. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights everyone in the world are entitled to all rights, without distinction of any kind, such as race, language, religion, national, or even for the skin color. To be honest i don’t think that Human Rights are really guaranteed all over the world as they should be, because in some country women and children have no rights. The children can’t go to school, they sometimes treated like slaves and they also have to work to maintain the family. Instead, the women in many countries can’t drive or go to school. Practically, in few words they can’t do everything that a typical woman do. Long time ago with prof Ziraldo we saw many video in class about this topic, and in some video i noticed that it always showed this statement ” We are born free and Equal”. I couldn’t agree more because even if we are black or white or from other nationality, we are all human being and we all need the same things; freedom of opinion and freedom to believe in what we want, without anybody imposing us something that we don’t believe. Personally speaking, i think the world would definitely be a better place if Human Rights were guaranteed all over the world.

  76. Ilaria Canton scrive:

    ASHES

    When shall we open our eyes?
    Realize that
    our world is not
    so great as it may appear?
    When shall we realize that
    our reality is non-existent,
    our human condition is just a farce?
    When shall we realize
    children need to play,
    not work or obey?
    The rest of the world is not well
    though here we may be well.
    When shall we realize that
    while we are waiting for
    the latest piece of tecnology,
    someone is waiting for
    a piece of bread?
    When shall we realize
    we are all brothers and sisters
    we should help and
    love one another,
    not make war.
    When shall we realize
    pollution is a synonym of
    death?
    When we realize all this,
    pheraps our world will already be
    a bunch of ashes.

  77. Veronica Moro scrive:

    Helpless is how I feel knowing what is going on around the world,
    sad is how I feel when thinking about how many african children are dying every single day,
    grateful is how I feel having a family and being healthy,
    sorry is how I feel when i say that I can’t change the world because of the untruth of this statement,
    lucky is how I feel looking at photos of people whose lives are so difficult to live whereas mine was spared these sufferings
    sad is how I feel looking at photos of people entrapped in difficulty and I cannot do anything but
    write this poem to denounce their turmoil

  78. Cecilia Canton scrive:

    ASHES

    Is this our world?
    A sphere full of sadness,
    a sphere full of madness.
    Pollution and poverty,
    is this its majority.
    This hidden transgression,
    It will be our devastation.
    For this war the world fills
    Everybody the photos sees:
    Children, women and men
    Are suffering again.
    And also with images can we prevent
    These disastrous events.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      How nice! The images you depict are bleak (how could it be otherwise? The theme of devastation caused by wars is a bleak one), but the words are powerful.

  79. Sebastiano scrive:

    Ashes
    Smoking,wandering why and regressing
    are we sure we’re really progressing?
    Isolation despair and sadness,
    do they exist or is it only a kind of madness?
    Are we sinking into depth,
    or are we going to meet death?
    Everybody wants a change,
    Nobody wants to change.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Sebastiano, congratulations, this poem is beautiful. Really effective and touching. Well done.

  80. Samuele Babille scrive:

    HAT FROM THE PHOTO

    Hi, I’m Mitch a 17-year-old scarlet cap.
    I was born in China, in a factory near Beijing.
    I’ve lived with Zhang Chao for 4 years, before that I used to live in Ottawa, Canada and I used to be worn by a guy named Rich Martins, we were extremely happy together. We used to reside in the suburbs, where all people are kind, friendly and really nice so I was very well.
    Me and the little Rich went through lots of trouble and adventures together, we used to go to the stadium every Sunday to watch the Senators’ game (that team is actually my sponsor), it was amazing.
    Unfortunately when Rich turned 19 he decided to go to college but he also decided to give me away, I ended up in the junk. I was stunned.
    Some days later a truck took me to the harbor and I was put in a trash-ship.
    Insiders brought me to a garbage dump where I was left.
    One day this guy named Zhang Chao came to search something and he found me.
    I was so happy.
    From that very moment we’ve always been together, I protect his head from the toxic gases in the sulfur mine.
    We became inseparable.

  81. Eleonora Cupin scrive:

    Hi, I’m now a kite.
    I’m the best friend of Juan a little boy. Juan is 9 years old and works in a dumpite near a beach in Rio de Janeiro.
    He is a really smart boy and he is good at makeing toys, toys out of things he finds in. teie,
    I was made one year ago out of some pieces of sacks, twings and rapes that Juan found sifting throught the trash.
    I’m square and green with lot of bows and a long rope.
    I’m not perfect, I have lots of problems, but he loves me anyway.
    He doesn’t have many friends because he is shy and introvert.
    He has just got me to play with around the dumpsite.
    It is a horrible place to live in , no running water, no real houses, just neverending heaps of trash.
    But he doesn’t have choices, so I fly for him for a little piece of freedom.
    Whenever I fly, his face has a beaming smile.
    Yes, I’m just made of plastic I know it. But here everything acquires valve and I’m one of them.

    ASHES:

    Ashes in the world we were born in
    A world everyday burns

    Ashes of souls destroyed by wars.
    Places surrounded by a terrifying curse.

    Ashes of children with no future,
    Victims of blind humanity

    Ashes of people dragging their chains,
    suffering many pains.

    Ashes encased in images
    you rarely imagine.

    This is the other side of the truth?
    Do you mind?
    I do.

  82. Gaia Bortolin scrive:

    These are the thoughts of a typewriter. With me, you can write and make so many stories immortal, now I am going to tell you my story. When I left the shop I used to live in, I was lucky. I was sold to a family in Sarajevo, in Bosnia Herzegovina, that had made a lot of sacrifice to buy me, so when they finally held me in their hands they were extremely happy and they treated me gently. They used me to write stories, or letters to their friends and relatives, or whatever could be written. They took care of me as if I was a treasure, and I’m grateful I had them as a family. But the world is not a wish-granting factory. Then the war came. All the citizens went through a terrible period. Every day I saw armed people and the situation was unbearable. Lots of people died and are dying now for stupid reasons. The family that used to take care of me was torn apart, they probably died. Because of what happened that day, they couldn’t possibly protect me or keep me with them. They tried, but the soldiers snapped me down from their hands and dropped me to the asphalt. And I’m still here now, in the street, alone, hoping someone will take me home. So this is my story, and if you’re listening to me, I hope you’ll want to write my story and make it immortal.

  83. Gaia Bortolin scrive:

    ASHES
    Do you see it?
    Do you feel it?
    Do you smell it?
    It’s ash, boy.
    Right here,
    right now,
    where the two of us are standing.
    You look different from me:
    our countries are enemies,
    they’re fighting each other.
    But look at me,
    notice the place where we both are.
    I can truly understand what you’re feeling,
    I feel what you feel:
    this ash
    these ruins
    the corpses of people we loved
    this melancholic, hopeless place.
    Now look at me again.
    We are the same, can’t you see it?
    If you’re listening to me, believe me:
    this ash can lead to friendship.

  84. Emma Borsoi scrive:

    MONOLOGUE:
    I’m child nd i’m 8 years old. I work every day on the trash because I need money to support my family. I wake up early in the morning and Igo with my Brother and my sister to the dumpsite. We have a lot of friends there. We pick up trash in the rain, in the sun, in any situation. We walk barefoot and this is Dangerous because ther are lots of broken glass. If you see this place, you want to escape because it is terrible: there is trash everywhere and the main colors are grey, black and White. The sun is grey because there is so many ashes in the air. We work until sunset. When the sunset come we are very tired and I take my Brother and my little sister back home where we go to bed. The day after it is all over again. In the dumpsite we pick up trash and there are a lot of trucks which take it away. I wear a pair of pants and a pair of shoes which I found in the trash. they are not very comfortable but I’m happy because they protect me from the cold. My days are all the same and I hope that things will change in the future and I hope we can be like the children in your country.
    You are lucky and perhaps you do not even know it. Do not ever take any of the things you have for granted. Don’t ever do that!
    ASHES:
    The sun doesn’t shine,
    there are ashes in the air,
    and so much trash
    being picked up by children,
    little children,
    walking on the trash, in the trash, among the trash all day.
    Their life is terrible.
    The water is dirty and polluted.
    Many people are sick.
    Many of them die Young.
    The life is not long,
    the air is polluted
    some children fall ill and die
    their houses are poor,
    sometimes there is no door.
    This place is a terrible world,
    people like us do not look at it, do not know it
    we live in a good place.
    We don’t have to fight
    to stay alive.
    HUMANS RIGHTS IN ITALY:
    Some human rights aren’t respected like the freedom of thought or the freedom of speech because some people aren’t listened to and the government does what they want.
    Some people don’t work and alI Italians should have a job.
    In Italy gay marriages aren’t allowed and I think every person can express their feelings. Another right that’s not respected is the right to belong to a religion. People sometimes discriminate the other person who doesn’t belong to their religion.
    The right of privacy sometimes isn’t respected.
    Often the right of freedom is violated: there are so many people who are put in prison because they can’t afford the lawyers.
    There are so many human rights which are not respected and we have to try to be more respectful to others. The government first, but this seems quite impossiblein our country.

  85. Matteo Chivilò scrive:

    Human rights: which of them are not safeguarded in Italy?

    We know that there are still human rights that are not safeguarded in Italy. But first of all, I want to explain to you what they are and how they were born. Human rights are the rights that you have simply because you are human. They were born after the Second World War, on 10th December 1948, when the UNGA, the United Nations General Assembly, decided that what had happened during the war was enough and so they wrote the Declaration of Human Rights consisting of 30 articles. All human beings are entitled to these rights, but unfortunately this is not so. Everybody is free, equal; everybody can speak their mind; everybody has the right to an education and so on: these are some of them. Now we know what human rights are so we can talk about those that in Italy are not safeguarded. Saying which are safeguarded and which are not is subjective in my opinion. First of all, I want to say that I will write about some articles, because if we think of it, few of them are completely respected. The first that in my opinion is not respected is the one that says: -“We are all equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of the law”- For example: there is a legal case between two men: one of them is rich and the other is poor. The rich man might bribe the judge and the lawyers to win the case. It usually happens in this country and this is the reason why rich men rarely end up in prison. The second article that I want to question is: -” Freedom of expression: you have the right to free thought and to voice your opinions to others”. Truly we have this right: everyone can speak their mind, but just to a certain extent. You can do that, but you must be ready to take on the responsibility of what you say, because you do not know if what you say may offend someone. The third article is: -” You have the right to social security and are entitled to economic, social and cultural help from the government”-. In my opinion, the Italian government does the opposite, because, first of all, if you need help, they do not care about you and they do not help you solve your problems. Then, most of the time, the government is the cause of your problems, above all economic problems when they impose you to lay high taxes. Finally, I want to say that, even if many articles are respected, there is a lot of work to do to enforce the ones that have not been respected so far.

    Write a poem intitled “Ashes”

    I am a boy
    I am a dumpsite boy
    I work all day
    Everyday
    Every month and every year
    I have no fear
    Of finding something bad
    Rubbish, food, metal, plastic, paper and muck
    This is what I pick up
    Everyday I wake up
    I work and never stop
    I hope one day
    I will find something valuable
    I hope one day
    I will not be
    Among the ashes working

    Choose a photograph and write a monologue

    So you are watching me. That is me: a doll, lying down on a bed in a kindergarten, and so many empty beds around me. A damaged, ruined, broken doll lying down on a bed. But above all, an abandoned doll on a bed. You can think: whose is this doll? Why is this doll alone in this room? Did this doll belong to anyone in the past? Why is it broken, dirty, ruined and forsaken? I will answer your questions even if maybe it will make you feel sorry, grieved for me. And if you feel sorry, I think that you have all the reasons to. I belonged to a child, a little girl who has been living in Pripyat near Chernobyl. And then, if I pronounce Chernobyl, you will remember where Chernobyl is and what happened there. After the disaster, all people near Chernobyl went away. I say all people: men, women, children. Obviously even the children who were attending this kindergarten, included my girl. So everyone left Chernobyl, Pripyat and her house, her life, her memories and that way many of her objects, like me. I was abandoned, yes, abandoned and I think that my child was very sad to leave me behind: I was all her life and it means that this child’s life was upset. When I say that a child’s life is upset, I mean that all dreams are shattered. This is so sad because they are the most precious thing that children have. This photograph of me does not mean only this, that only people had to change their life, but even that Chernobyl and Pripyat died along with their, because we can say that an abandoned place without people is “dead”. I say this even to make you understand how an object like me (a doll) can transmit emotions and thoughts , pain, sadness. I want to make you understand how cruel life can be, especially to children, the dawn of life.

    Matteo Chiviló

  86. Alessandro Candido scrive:

    A good book is a balanced mixture of a worthy plot and a refined writing style. A work with an intriguing and original story, but written badly, can’t be considered a book, as well a polish narrative with a poor plot. In order to honor and respect the reader, the author must absolutely narrate the story in a decent and appropriate style. Moreover, the reader must definitely complain about the compromise between style and plot: good plot with mediocre style or good style with scarce plot must be refused: the reader must demand both. We must stop accepting mediocre compositions, unworthy of literature. No longer excuses such as “my writing is easy in order to be understood by every people”: we do not live in the Middle Ages anymore, and we cannot allow modern literature to downgrade to banality. This is it: most of the books recently printed are mediocre ones, poor, just surrogates appealing to the ignorant people, written by ignorant authors, that probably do not even deserve to be named so. And that, just because of the democracy of writing, accessible to everybody, who pretend theirs to be books.
    Well, in my opinion “A long way gone” is not a really great book, in the sense that does not provide a pleasant style. I do not judge the plot: it cannot possibly be judged, instead the way it has been written: the author showed an unbearable lexical poverty, which impoverished the tale. Moreover, the author has expressed the plot in such a way that I did not appreciate: he did not confer temporal profundity, and made the story even annoying, ruining it definitely. What seemed to me as the lack of writing skills, made me look forward the end of the book: having already heard the story, it has been a torture, really. I think that a better book could have been assigned to us, being its first aim, the one of learning English from worth examples, not from mediocre ones. That, just according to the style, which I did not appreciate at all.
    Relating to the plot, I have to admit: I had alredy read somehow Ishmael’s enterprize, and that’s why sometimes I found the book frustraiting to be read. However, although child soldiers plague is a known world issue, there are a lot of people that nowadays do not know anything about it, and probably a more serious information could made mankind aware, although it would not basically change anything: the same book tells us that international organisation do not work afficiently, unless formally: they instead foster the spread of the issue. Few children were saved, formally, in change of money, which was later usued by the fronts in order to boost the military stregth, with a consequent enlistment of new children. That shows us that human rights, international organisations and justice will be far subdued to economic and political interests, which will be stronger and therefore decisive. Steps can be taken just by governments and institutions, of course not by mediocre and ignorant civilians we are.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      I appreciate your comment, well-balanced and profound. You support your view and you succeed in it. The book was not suggested to you as a piece of literature, but as a memoir, as a first-hand account of the plague of child soldiers. You point out that you knew already about Ishamel’s experience, however you are one among the few. Welcome to the world where you know and most people do not know. I know the feeling. It is frustrating. I agree with you the prose is not exceptional, because Ishmael’s mother tongue is not English. I agree with you that there are lots of books that are not worthwhile, but you can discover this just after having read them. However, there are books that raise some kind of awareness, books that work as eyeopeners for those who do not know, unlike you. I will be very happy if you suggested other readings, books that won’t make you waste your time. So in class, put forward some suggestions. If you can find other books that deal with human rights and deserve our better attention, please suggest them. You certainly know so much and it is just nice to share.

  87. Alexia Toniol scrive:

    FREEDOM,EVERYONE, RIGHT AND DESCRIMINATION. These are the words that caught my attention and If I were asked to think about human rights I would think about these words. I choose this words because everyone has the right to be respected, to be free, to make their own choises,to live without suffering ill-treatment or without being descrimated. “Everyone has the right to have rights”.
    I think that everyone should have these rights because indifferently by the culture,the traditions,by the character, the skin color, the religion, we are all human beings who deserve to live.
    I think that a lot of people of my age, underestimate many rights that we have here in Italy, for example, the right to go to school! But doing this type of activity in class, gives us the opportunity to really understand, to open our eyes and give due importance to what we have(what many guys, in some countries even treated as slaves or tortured, unfortunately can only dream).
    Others among the most important rights that we underestimate are the rights to speak, to think, to security, to have a family,to marry with who we want, to religion, to vote but especially the right to life, to a dignified existence and the right to be ourselves.
    I think Italians, that are part of a democratic country, take too lightly these fortunes that in other countries people do not have. We can believe in what we want; we can think and express our ideas without being killed or mistreated;we can be part of the religion we want; we can go to school;we can live well;we can be protected, while in other countries, some people are killed just because they are part of a different religion.
    But discrimination is everywhere, even if in my opinion the most important thing is to be ourselves; to fight for what we want without giving too much significance to what others say, because a skin color , a passion or whatever does not make us different, but special and unique.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Thanks for reminding your peers not to take the freedoms they have for granted. You are right, sometimes there are young people who do not think of what they may not have if it were not for their families or the country they live in. Yet, you are adolescents and I think that if you are not “invited” to think of certain issues you do not tackle them by yourselves.

  88. Amanda Poles scrive:

    Who are you, living without any moral conscience?
    Who are you, exploiting this world that gives you everything, that harbors you every single day?
    Who are you, deciding for the life of someone?
    Who are you, having no respect for anything or anybody? You destroy things that other people had made with hard-work and sacrifice!
    Who are you? You think you have the total power!
    I think you do not have the least idea of what you are doing.
    You are destroying yourself, your are destroying the ONE who has given you life.

  89. Sonia scrive:

    In the wordle above the words that catch more my attention are: everyone, rights, freedom,equal,human, law, fondamental and protection because they describe human rights perfectly:
    Human rights are made for the people only because they were born (HUMAN) and are something that we all need in our lives to live better, expecially for some people (RIGHTS). These were made for every single person without diferences (EVERYONE) and are equal for everyone (EQUAL). We are in the 21st century and there are still people who can’t marry the person that they love or are slaves!! We don’t have the possibility to share our thoughts and if we do it, we are not listened or even tortured in some places. So, we don’t have the freedom of speech as, in my opinion, the poster of Simone Verza denounce. Freedom is something that belongs to us and that we all want to have without compromises (FREEDOM). Human rights have not the power of law, in fact they are optional. We, as people, can decide if we want to respect them or not (LAW). These are the basis for a better life (FUNDAMENTAL) and are made to protect us (PROTECTION)!
    The universal declaration of human rights was written in 1948 at the end of the second world war after the death of million of people, the atom bomb and all the omosexual and gypsy discriminations. To save the future generations all the 48 countries of the United Nations decided to write a document in which the respect of human rights and the survival of the human nature were connected together.
    We think that all the discriminations, the differences and the no respect for the other poeple represent a world far from us but this isn’t true because these things happens also where we live but we don’t notice it or we choose not to be aware of them.
    Personally I don’t accept the differences that people make toward others because of the color of the skin, the sexual orientation and the phisical aspect because we are all born free and equal.
    I remember when a friend told me that when he went to a bank and in front of him there was a black person that was wearing a suit and the financial consultant spoke to this man with a tone of superiority. I was shocked because I don’t understand why people act like this: I’m not more intelligent only because i’m white and their are not inferior to others because they are black.
    Another thing that i don’t understand and that is very close to us is why people need to judge other for their phisical aspect. We get used to see very skinny models as the perfection, but they aren’t. Girls that are beautiful how they are become bulimic or anorexics because they are teased and then, in some cases, they commit suicide. There are many videos on youtube, of girls that “talk” through a note of their problems and when the family and the friends see it, is too late. I think that everyone has their own opinion and own ideas of what beauty is, but they don’t have to impose them to others. The same thing happens also for sexual orientation and makes evident the power of the words and how they can hurt.
    In the articles the discrimination take the 2nd place but i would put it at the top because i think that is the base. We have to give our respect and don’t judge people for something that is personal expecially when we don’t even know who they are and treat them as a person and not as a thing. I think that this is the more evident article of human rights that are not respected, but it’s not the only one.
    Another that is very important is included in the 3th, 4th and 5th article: I’m talking about the abuse of people. This is a delicate issue but at the same time something horrible to do. This is something that has been always exist and are many the men that do it. The problem is that they don’t have the feeling of what is “abuse”. For me it would be like if someone take away my privacy and the worst thing is that we can’t say that the law help to have the justice that we need (there are cases also in the city where i live).
    The 30 articles of human rights rapresent the way that we all want to live in fact they are in what we do every day, but how I said before not everybody respect them. I’m sure that there are people who try to follow some of them, but we can see the difference only if we all choose to apply them and this isn’t possible because we don’t have the same ideas. We were grown up differently, but if we start to think different, in the respect of the others, it will become possible. I asked to myself :” Why haven’t we respect them until now?” Unfortunately not everybody knows them. Maybe for someone is simply something taken for granted whereas others don’t even know their existence. This is completely wrong, because if we don’t have the knowledges, how can we make the differerce? Well, we can’t. There are too many things that are missing in our society! These originate in ourselves such a feeling of bother and not-belonging that make us want to go far. So, for the love of our country and for having something very importat to be proud, we should begin to raise our voices, share our thoughts and fight for our future. Little by little we will create a world where we all want to live even if it will take time because of the diferences of culture, religions and sex. IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE, WE SHOULD ONLY WANT IT.

    I had also linked two videos if you are interested: the first one shows an example of every human rights that is not respected and the second one was made by YHRI (Youth for Human Rights International) to trasmit the power of human rights awareness.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm35UuRW4Oo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNKF8Vmnwg0

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      As you point out quite clearly, our world is plagued with sufferings, ills, lack of justice and freedom, just to mention a few problems. Yet, we should neer abandon ourselves to lack of hope and become cynics. How does a cynic contribute to oru existence? Some may say that s/he wants to eschew hypocrisy, does not want to pretend there is a way out when history has taught us that some horrible things are still with us to stay. The was the Holocaust, yet in 21st century there are still people who are burnt or murdered or tortured for their beliefs, their ethnicity, etc. Said all this, I can claim that like you, I do not have blinkers, yet I do not want to surredner to a bleak hopeless view of life and our existence. I knew the websites you posted. The second one, we watched it in class (perhaps you were absent on that day). Thanks for posting them anyway, they will be useful for other students. Definitely.

  90. Giulio Marchi scrive:

    We fall, slowly, but we fall

    We are black and white but some of us are grey

    Basically we are all the same

    At first we were something bigger and more important

    We were born from his fire

    We are ashes

    Or maybe just people

  91. Leonardo Barbin scrive:

    I think that everybody should have his personals rights to be human. All over the world but especially in poor countries, countries where the civilization, if we want to call it like this, it’s not at the level where it should be, a lot of people, in particular kids but also adults, do not have their rights, countries where people don’t respect one another and they communicate just with violence and very often with guns and weapons, where the powerful abuse their power to do whatever they want to not respecting other individuals just because they know that nobody can stop them, either because the government doesn’t do anything or because sometimes is the government itslef that overdo their power and they use it in a bad way. Everybody is born equal and I think that is not correct that people who are born in some countries are more “lucky” than the ones born in these unjust ones; what I want to say is that we must do something concrete to help and support other human beings that just because they live in another place and they seem very far to us, instead, they are really close to use, they must have the same opportunities as ours. Injustices like slavery or sent kids in war to fight should not even be considered to being done, nowadays.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      You are mentioning blatant forms of injustice, that, should obviously be stopped by the United Nations or by governments that transact business with the countries where basic human rights are not safeguarded. What about the “concealed” infringement of human rights? By this I mean the democratic countries that not necessarily guarantee all the rights they themselves signed and supported.

  92. Alice Santin scrive:

    MONOLOGUE
    Nearly 30 years ago something happened that changed some lives forever. It was a day like many others,people everywhere smiling,chatting and playing with no problems in their minds,the worst they could think at was what to cook for dinner the next day or what to wear to go to the theatre,but nothing could be compared with what happened. An explosion. An explosion that ruined everything. The town was evacuated and I was left there in the street because they were in a hurry. I thought they were coming back for me,but I was wrong,it never happened. They ran away abandoning me to my fate. The city has remained like that,locked in that moment,as if a photo had been taken and it is still waiting for people to return,but now we know that it won’t happen. Nature will take back what belongs to it. It is only a ghost town where tourists come to visit the aftermath of the disaster of Chernobyl,trying to understand what it would be like if it had happened in their city,but let me tell you something,you can’t understand what it means to lose everything in one day. I’ll stay here by myself probably till I become only dust and I’ll be a witness to show everyone what horrors men are capable of doing,all this should not happen again.

    ASHES
    Destruction and then silence
    Yeah silence
    The world has come to an end
    and now
    I can only see ashes
    Everything’s gone wrong,
    everything’s gone
    Only ashes,
    ashes all over my eyes
    The sun burns
    and we burn with it
    I’m left alone
    I become ashes
    and like ashes
    I get lost in the wind

  93. Alice Santin scrive:

    HUMAN RIGHTS
    10 December 1948,a date to remember,but why? Well it is the day when The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nation General Assembly. It consists in 30 articles which every human being should be entitled to. Unfortunately some of these articles aren’t respected. A big problem is that we can’t speak our minds,because there is censorship,for example our government doesn’t let journalists say everything,we receive information about what our politicians want us to ear and in some cases it isn’t the truth. Women are not respected and even if we are in the twenty-first century we are still considered inferior in many fields such as work and job opportunities,so we aren’t completely equal at all. All around the world many countries don’t respect them but there is something worse,in fact many citizens don’t even know that these rights exist. This isn’t acceptable and I think we all should promote some activities to make them be respected everywhere and by everyone because these rights have to be guaranteed.

  94. Anna Borsatti scrive:

    ASHES
    Ashes, all that remains, what little remains,
    after the storm, war, discrimination and denial of rights.
    Ashes everywhere, a thin and imperceptible layer.
    Though is thin and “insignificant”, it covers every inch of crust
    It infiltrates between trees canopy and
    It mixes between the sand and the water streams.
    Streams that now are sad and colorless,
    Their waters are bitter and undrinkable.
    Everything is gray, covered by a soft blanket,
    It’s light and subtle,
    it find its way into the heart of all,
    bringing pain and suffering.
    An unforgettable mark
    Of what was once, which is and will be.
    So much bitterness in the face of those
    Who have already resigned to injustice
    And don’t fight for their rights
    His face is marked by time and ashes
    He looks older and his soul graying.
    Yet he doesn’t scratch the armor of those
    Who look at the world with joy and hope
    They are the key of success
    They do not give up

  95. Anna Borsatti scrive:

    My name is Bajrans, I’m nine and i come from India. Everyday I come here to the dump to find food for me ansìd my free younger brothers, we are always hungry! My family is very poor, mom and dad don’t have a job and therefore we don’t have a house. We live in a small shack on the outskirts of Mumbai, an indian metropolis, in a huge shanty town called Dharavi. Many poor people live here with us, and like my family they fight every day to eat, to survive. There are also lots of kids to play, so we have much fun even if we have nothing. But today it’s a different day, it is very special and I’m so happy, because in the garbage I found a toy, a beautiful toy. Now i will run home and I will take it to my brothers, they will be so happy; it’s our first toy! It is an astronaut made of plastic, with a beautiful white spacesuit. Oh in the future I want to be an atronaut. I want to travel in the space, see the stars and the planets that surround me.