Month: September 2013 Page 2 of 3
”Não à escravatura”, é uma campanha que decorre desde o início do ano, em 22 países africanos onde a congregação católica “Missionários de África”, também conhecida por “Padres Brancos”, está presente.
Em Moçambique, e na zona centro do país, os religiosos já promoveram diversas actividades nas províncias de Tete e Manica, e, de hoje até domingo, vão reunir-se num centro, em Inhamízua, periferia da cidade costeira da Beira. Um encontro de reflexão onde se falará do tráfico de seres humanos.
Com a presente campanha, os Missionários de África pretendem também celebrar os 125 anos da campanha lançada pelo seu fundador, o cardeal Charles Lavengerie, para a abolição da escravatura em África.
Fundada em 1868, a congregação “Missionários de África” estabeleceu-se em Moçambique em 1946 nas províncias centrais de Manica e Sofala onde, para além da sua missão evangélica, tem contribuído para a formação de líderes religiosos sobre a doutrina social da Igreja, justiça e paz, preservação e protecção do meio ambiente, bem como no diálogo inter-religioso.
Não obstante o encontro da Beira marcar o encerramento da campanha “quebremos as correntes”, as acções de prevenção e sensibilização não vão parar tal como referiu à Voz da América, o Padre Hugo Seenan, um dos organizadores do encontro de reflexão sobre o fenómeno de tráfico de seres humanos que iniciou esta quinta-feira e termina domingo, em Inhamízua, arredores da cidade da Beira.
Meyer however emphasizes that only a small minority of the Bedouin is involved in the criminal gangs that deal in human trafficking. According to Human Rights Watch over 1,500 Eritreans flee the country every month Following the Arab Spring which began in 2011, security forces have been weakened in the Sinai Peninsula giving the traffickers more leeway. The situation has “escalated dramatically,” Meyer warns. There are no known figures for the number of refugees detained in torture camps in the Sinai or how many of those hostages have perished. According to the Israeli government, more than 10,000 illegal immigrants crossed the Sinai border into Israel in 2012. Most of them came from Eritrea and Sudan. But in Israel, a nation once founded by immigrants, the refugees are not welcome. They have little chance of obtaining political asylum. Instead Israel has built a more than 200-kilometer – long (124 miles) fence against them. In the first five months of 2013, only 33 refugees managed to cross the border. Little international support The world, including the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), has turned a deaf ear to the plight of these refugees, says human rights activist Hamdy al-Azazy. “They write their reports from their air-conditioned offices in Cairo,” he laments. “Nobody is on site to assess the real situation. I’m the only one here in the midst of all these dangers.” There have been several attacks on him, he adds. African asylum seekers meet with harsh reality in Israel. His office was ransacked, his children have been attacked.
One of our students in formation, Humphrey Mukuka, Zambian, made his thirty day retreat in Ghana in August. While still in the country, an important football match took place between the Black Starts of Ghana and Chipolopolo team of Zambia. Which one to support? This is what he says: “this exciting game taught me how to control myself while being a Chipolopolo fan in another country. Despite that Chipolopolo lost the match, I joined the Ghanaian fans in their joyful festivity.” Humphrey is now pursuing his theological studies in Abidjan.
Ghana won 2 goals against 1 in Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on the 6th September. With this win, Ghana have made it to the play-offs stage of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Africa.
Thanks Humphrey for this nice story! Let us rejoice with the Black Stars fans until Chipolopolo wins again.
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Officers included in the training of trainers, which commenced yesterday, include personnel from Zambia Police, the Department of Immigration, National Prosecutions Authority, Drug Enforcement Commission, Zambia Law and Development Commission and the Ministry of Justice. Simbyakula further said the government’s expectation was to see an increase in the number of successfully prosecuted cases of human trafficking. And US Embassy chargé d’affaires David Young said the training manual would enable law enforcement officers to bring victims of trafficking “out of the shadows and into the light” where they could find justice and support to rebuild their lives. They suffer under what President Obama has called the ‘intolerable yoke of modern slavery.’ Last year, roughly 46,000 victims of trafficking were brought to light worldwide, but millions still enslaved. These victims need justice. These victims need our help, said Young. Chief of Mission at the International Organisation for Migration Andrew Choga who officially handed over the manual to Simbyakula said there was a need to understand what trafficking was and to have a clear picture on when the act had been committed.
What a marvellous sensation to travel on highways on a powerful motorbike! It is quite different on bush land. This is what Faustin Kerumbe discovered on his way to the chapel of Kamaka situated at over 200km from Serenje in Zambia. Long journey on sandy paths crossing the Luombwa River on a canoe and passing over a shaky bridge add to the adventure. But Faustin has a mission; to meet the Christians of Kamaka who are waiting to see a priest for the past three years. Not easy to visit regularly 86 outstations dispersed throughout the Parish. The reward is nevertheless a reality; meeting the leaders, the youth and praying with the small Christian community of Kamaka. Fortunately enough, a small mud house was provided with the satisfaction of the visiting priest.
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