Monthly Archives: December 2016

The routes of migrants

Across the desert. In the grip of traffickers and military people. A long journey that can last even twenty months. The hecatomb in the Mediterranean Sea. “Our driver tried to go through different paths in the desert in order to avoid check points but he got lost. He therefore stopped the vehicle and went away,…

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Christian Commitment against Human Trafficking.

Each year, thousands of people are deceived and sold into slavery as forced laborers, prostitutes or beggars, in other words become victims of human trafficking. What the Church can do. The Church, including religious congregations, Catholic organizations and the faithful have a unique potential and – by default – the obligation to engage in a…

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China. Jade, the essence of heaven and earth.

The word “jade” communicates a sense of mystery. In Chinese, jade refers to a fine, beautiful stone with a warm colour and rich luster, that is skilfully and delicately carved. In Chinese culture, jade symbolizes nobility, perfection, constancy, and immortality. For millennia, jade has been an intimate part of the lives of Chinese of all…

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Card.Tagle: “One family with one voice – no to human trafficking.”

Human trafficking is a symptom of distorted and disrupted relationships with us, with the created world and with society. Slavery starts when people do not respect their own humanity, their bodies and their spiritual potential. A reflection on human ecology and the causes of trafficking of human beings by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of…

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Nicaragua. Elections: The great ‘Farce’

President Daniel Ortega, wins the presidential elections for the third consecutive time. Without opposition, and alongside him his wife Rosario Murillo. A foregone victory. Low turnout. Criticism from the Catholic Church. Ruben Dario Square, dedicated to the great Nicaraguan writer, one o’clock in the afternoon, a few minutes after the electoral council has announced the…

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How the Tiger Got His Stripes.

Once upon a time, ages and ages ago, so long ago that the tiger had no stripes up on his back and the rabbit still had his tail, there was a tiger who had a farm. The farm was very much overgrown with underbrush and the owner sought a workman to clear the ground for…

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The Theatre of Global Migration: A Window into the African Experience

Migration is, arguably, one of the most debated issues in Europe presently. Conferences and seminars are held to improve understanding of the phenomenon and how it has affected Europe in the last couple of decades. The European Union (EU) holds meetings with African leaders to develop common strategies on how to reduce the influx of migrants…

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Donald J.Trump and Africa

On the 8th of November 2016, a new page opened in the history of the United States of America. The die was cast. Donald J. Trump, the erstwhile US business mogul, aged 70, was elected the 45th President of the United States of America, against all predictions to the contrary. As crazy as it might…

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Sexual Exploitation and new born child trafficking

Sexual exploitation could be referred to as the abuse or unfair treatment of people (especially females) because of their sex. It is a situation where a person is considered for their sexual attraction, without taking into consideration their human dignity. Trafficking for sexual exploitation therefore relates to the recruiting, harbouring, enticing, transporting, providing, obtaining or…

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Trafficking in the maritime world

The maritime world is a globalized one. Commercial shipping transports 90% of the goods produced in the world by loading it on thousands of vessels that criss-cross every possible ocean, sea or river. These vessels are managed by a workforce of 1.2 million seafarers of all races, nationalities and religions. In 2010, the fisheries sector…

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Trafficking in crisis situations

Every year millions of women, men and children leave their homes and their countries. While some people move voluntarily in search of better opportunities, in many cases migration is forced, as people flee natural disasters, civil unrest, violent conflicts, persecution, human rights violations or poverty. Trafficking and exploitation of people in these emergency situations, and…

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The Child from Nazareth

Christmas is a time to celebrate the greatest values of human kind brought to us thousands of years ago by the Child from Nazareth. He survived the poverty and the dangers and grew up at the knee of his mother and the workbench of his father and was taught the Song of Mary, that most…

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Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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