On Humanity

The world by Desiree Llanos Dee


People around the world face violence and inequality – and sometimes torture, even execution – because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of ourselves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse. www.hrw.org

Pride kiss by Desiree Llanos Dee
Pride kiss by Des Likes Doodling



After the murderous attack on the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, “Je suis Charlie” became a rallying cry in France and across much of Europe in support of free speech and freedom of expression. It is a sad and depressing sequel to that display of solidarity that so many European nations seem willing today to curtail those same freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism. www.nytimes.com

Je Suis Charlie by Desiree Llanos Dee
Je suis Charlie by Des Likes Doodling



The crisis erupted on September 9, 2013 when this MNLF faction attempted to raise the flag of the self-proclaimed Bangsamoro Republik at Zamboanga City Hall. The standoff degenerated into urban warfare and had brought parts of the city under a standstill for days. The clashes caused the displacement of more than 100,000 people, the deaths of several civilians and the slowdown of economic activity in the city. The outburst of conflict in the South of the Philippines spurred a number of politicians and netizens to express anger and hatred against the rebels, potentially increasing the rift between Muslims and Christians in the region. This illustration was made to convey the message of the fragility of peace. www.wikipedia.org



Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, on November 8, 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall. In January 2014, bodies were still being found. The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, particularly on Samar and Leyte. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected – many have been left homeless. www.wikipedia.org



“In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home and with my brother who has not had food for the last three days, in all due respect Mr. President, and I mean no disrespect for your kind hospitality, I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate. This means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this COP until a meaningful outcome is in sight.”
-Naderev “Yeb” Saño
Philippines’ Former Climate Negotiator



Cyclone Winston, which slammed into the Pacific Island nation on 19 February is just the latest in a series of extreme weather events to impact small island nations. But, even by in a world increasingly accustomed to “super storms,” Winston stands out. It formed between Fiji and Vanuatu eight days prior to landfall and followed a circuitous path that surprised veteran meteorologists and computer models alike. www.climatechangenews.com



The oceans should be everyone’s concern. We need to take action to conserve and protect what’s left of our marine resources while at the same time working to change the systems and practices that cause its present destruction. The establishment of these ocean sanctuaries is urgently needed to protect marine species and their habitats. This could be key to reversing global fisheries decline. www.greenpeace.org


Copyright © 2016 Desiree Llanos Dee

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