New Antenna of AEFJN in Kenya

A new antenna of AEFJN has been launched in Nairobi on February 16, 2018. It was preceded by a two-day workshop (February 15-16) on Advocacy and AEFJN. The antenna is anchored by the Conferences of Major Superiors of Kenya. Prior to this time, the two conferences (male & female religious congregations) worked independent of each other. AEFJN is now a common voice for the two conferences. A structure to coordinate the activities of the antenna for the next one year has been set up. The antenna chose the theme of Tax Evasion/Money laundering for their advocacy activities and will be meeting in the coming days to develop their Plan of Action on this theme. The Secretariat is very grateful to the antenna of UK and the Executive for their contributions in the setting up of the new antenna. The antenna of UK has further committed to working closely with the new antenna to mentor her.

Other antennae exist in Cameroon and in Central African Republic.

Round Table on South Sudan and the DRC (PE nr. 1089 – 2018/03)

The input of Bernard Ugeux

18th January 2018 in Rome

Father Bernard Ugeux talking at the Round Table on Peace in South Sudan and the DRC.

I thank the organisers for having invited me to speak at this round-table on South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Continue reading “Round Table on South Sudan and the DRC (PE nr. 1089 – 2018/03)”

What is a coordinator

On a busy street in one of India’s congested cities, traffic has ground to a halt. Frustrations are high as a young man yells at a hapless policeman. A large tree has fallen across the narrow thoroughfare, and nobody knows what to do. Snarled traffic, glum looks, despairing gridlock. A young woman says in English on her cell phone, “I hate this country.” Then the situation gets worse: it begins to rain. Buckets. A young boy, maybe seven or eight, pokes his head out a bus window. […]

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Migration without trafficking

say yes to Freedom
and no to slavery

The theme of the 2018 World Day of Prayer and Awareness Against trafficking highlights the human tragedy of trafficking in migrating persons: migrants, refugees and evacuees. We are called to open our eyes to this problem of so many men and women, our brothers and sisters.

You are invited to organise a Vigil of Prayer and Reflection against Trafficking, either on the 8th of February, day of commemoration of St. Bakhita, or, if not possible, on the 30th July, day declared by the UN the “World Day against Trafficking in Persons”. 

Download the proposed Vigil of Prayer and Reflection against Trafficking.

Non-violent communication : an example

Conflicts between neighbors are very common. Here is an example of such a conflict and its non-violent and creative resolution. This is an example that can be used as a group to make people think. The link for the original Power Point will soon be at the bottom of the page. You can use the Power Point freely but mentioning the origin:

Andreas Göpfert, Missionaries of Africa, Via Aurelia 269, Rome 00165 © 2017 

Welcome, protect, promote, integrate

Next Sunday, the 14th of January 2018, is the World Day of Prayer for the Migrants, which articulates around these 4 action verbs : to welcome,  to protect, to promote and to integrate.

“Migrations in their various forms are not a new phenomenon in human history. They have left their mark on every age, bringing about the encounter of different cultures and giving rise to new civilizations. Unfortunately, in many cases people are forced to move: by conflict, natural disasters, persecution, climate change, violence, extreme poverty and inhumane living conditions. Our shared response can be expressed by four action verbs: // to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.

To welcome.

A responsible and dignified welcome of our brothers and sisters // begins by offering them decent and appropriate shelter.

To protect.

We are speaking about millions of migrant workers – especially men and women in irregular situations; millions of asylum seekers and displaced persons; and millions of victims of human trafficking. Defending their inalienable rights, ensuring their fundamental freedoms and respecting their dignity are duties which compel one and all.

To promote.

Protecting migrants, refugees and displaced persons is not enough. What is required is the promotion of their integral human development. Responsibility for the full human promotion of migrants and their families begins with their home communities. That is where such promotion should be guaranteed, along with the right to choose to emigrate and also the right not to be forced to emigrate.

To integrate.

Integration, unlike assimilation or incorporation, is a two-way process, rooted essentially in the mutual recognition of each other’s cultural richness.

I believe that taking action in these four ways, as individuals and in groups, is our duty today.

And so the Global Compacts must be inspired by compassion, foresight and courage!

Pope Francis

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A question of Justice for Peace…

I frequently receive from the “Center for Social Concern” the updated calculation of the Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for Malawian Citizens. It is established by comparing accross regions the up-to-date prices of the basic needs of a family of 6 (two parents and four kids). It is very well done and should challenge all the people who are employing personnel (especially unqualified personnel), paying them far less than fair wages. They often ease their consciences by following the legal minimums or by doing like everyone else.

I do not always take time to examine the data, but today I did. The Malawian government has just reajusted the minimum wages to 25,000 Malawian Kwacha par mois, or €25 !! But the calculation of the BNB for November 2017 amount to 161,557 Malawian Kwacha, or €187, which is more than 7 times higher than the minimum wages.

And that is for very basic needs, without even counting school fees, uniforms and books, without counting transport (bus to go to work or to school), without any sweet or ice cream and of course, dreaming of a car will never ever materialise.

How much are we, Missionaries of Africa, paying our personnel?

Philippe Docq, M.Afr.

The Pope’s letter for the World Day of Peace

Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace – 1st January 2018

Peace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels proclaimed to the shepherds on Christmas night, is a profound aspiration for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence. Among these whom I constantly keep in my thoughts and prayers, I would once again mention the over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees. Pope Benedict XVI, my beloved predecessor, spoke of them as “men and women, children, young and elderly people, who are searching for somewhere to live in peace.” In order to find that peace, they are willing to risk their lives on a journey that is often long and perilous, to endure hardships and suffering, and to encounter fences and walls built to keep them far from their goal.

Read the entire letter on the Vatican WebSite