Dossier March 2012

Women in pieces

You must pay for all the evil you have done to me”, Joy repeats relentlessly, with tears in her eyes. The same phrase, overflowing from the swamp of suffering, fear, anger and pain that goes into it. She was repatriated to Lagos, Nigeria. She accepted this solution because she had no other choice. Joy went from Brescia to Rome,…

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Haiti – Restaveks

The whole world was moved and indignant when it learned of the presumed kidnapping of 33 children during the full-blown crisis of the Haitian people caused by the powerful earthquake of January 12, 2010. The government of Haiti was annoyed by the public media attention that this news received. Perhaps unconsciously, this governmental reaction revealed…

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Kenya – Trafficking is a reality

Two young women hoping for a job answered a newspaper advert and went to Nairobi for the interview. They were never seen again. Two years on no one knows where they are. Are they alive or dead? This is the sad story of many Kamba women. The Kamba people are talented artists, industrious workers and…

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Modern-Day Slavery

We need to acknowledge that slavery still exists and that the majority of its victims are women and children who do not choose to become prostitutes, but are forced into the trade by a variety of different circumstances. I am aware that “trafficking in persons” does not refer just to women involved in the sex…

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10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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