The world is a tapestry of diverse cultures, countries, and people, each with its own unique story. Yet, if you look closely, you’ll see that this ‘free’ world isn’t free for everyone. While some countries enjoy peace, democracy, and order, others struggle to provide even the basics. This disparity creates environments where children grow up amidst violence and chaos, shaping their futures in heartbreaking ways.

One stark example of this is Brazil, a country known for its vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes. However, the reality of life in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas is a stark contrast. In these densely populated urban areas, approximately 40% of children have witnessed the use of firearms. Such early exposure to violence profoundly affects their lives, aspirations, and opportunities.

The favelas are often left to be governed by local gangs, their residents trapped in a cycle of poverty and crime. Political and corporate greed has turned a blind eye to these communities, leaving them to fend for themselves. The childhoods of countless Brazilian children are at risk, with little being done to change their circumstances.

Brazilian artist Lukas Ricardo has taken it upon himself to shed light on this grim reality through his powerful art project, “Art Would Liberate.” His work vividly portrays the influence of crime and violence on Brazil’s younger generation. Each piece is a poignant reminder of the urgent need for change.

Scroll down to see 9 of Lukas Ricardo’s striking illustrations. His art not only captures the harshness of life in the favelas but also calls for global attention and action. Dive into these moving pieces and reflect on the stories they tell. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments section.

More info & Photo courtesy: Lukas Ricardo | Lukasdesigner

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