March against Women trafficking

Our Italian confrere Pino Locati, together with his Group “La Strada di Arcene”, were marching for five days on the “Via Francigena” to attract attention on and protest against Women (mainly African women) trafficking in Italia.

18 october : Viterbo – Vetralla : 18 ks
19 october : Vetralla – Sutri : 24 ks
20 october : Sutri – Campagnano : 27 ks
21 october : Campagnano – La Storta : 24 ks
22 october : La Storta – Rome : 19 ks

Total : 112 ks

 
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Prayer for South Africa

The Justice and Peace office of the Department for Catholic Social Action from SACBC invites us to pray for South Africa every Friday of the week until the December ANC elective conference. I am emailing you attached the prayer they drafted.

+ Jan De Groef, M.Afr.

Lord, we present our country South Africa before you. We exalt and bless your name for all the blessings, the graces, and love that you have given to us as a nation.

Our country is now weighed down by various social, political and economic problems. We ask you to join us in our boat to calm the storms in our nation.
May your grace challenge our nation and its leadership to repent and turn away from the sin of greed and corruption, which is a result of the worship of money (Matthew 6:24).

Protect all those who are speaking out against greed, patronage, and corruption. Renew our nation and its leadership by the light of the gospel. Bless us with the values and the graces of your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Reinforcement of the capacities of JPIC animators, a session in Benin

From 16th to 29th July 2017, a JPIC workshop organized by major superiors in Rome was held at the International novitiate of the Society of the African Missions (SMA) in Calavi, Benin. Twenty-three participants from different countries of mission took part in the workshop. Among the participants there were five Missionaries of Africa: 2 came from Mali, one from Burkina Faso, one from Togo and one from Ghana. Continue reading “Reinforcement of the capacities of JPIC animators, a session in Benin”

Documentary videos on Human Trafficking in Africa

Here are quite a few documentary videos on Human Trafficking throughout Africa. To ease the flow, they are divided into pages. Here are the links towards the various countries :

Africa (p. 1) – Bénin (p. 2) – Burkina Faso (p. 3) – Cameroun (p. 4) – RDC (p. 5) – Côte d’Ivoire/Mali (p. 6) – Guinée (p. 7) – Kénya (p. 8) – Mali/Côte d’Ivoire (p. 9) – Mauritanie (p. 10) – South Africa / Mozambique (p. 11) – Nigéria / Europe (p. 12) – South Africa / Mozambique (p. 13) – Tanzania (p. 14) – Togo (p. 15) – Uganda (p. 16) – Zimbabwe (p. 17)

Africa

Human trafficking still rife is Africa (English / 3 :25 minutes)

Human trafficking worldwide and with examples from Africa.

Information on Human Trafficking

Trafficking is about :

“Trafficking in persons” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at the minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs; …” Continue reading “Information on Human Trafficking”

Violence in DRC

VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN THE DRC AND MAJOR VICTIMS ARE ALWAYS WOMEN AND CHILDREN ….

This is why the JUSTICE AND PEACE Joint Commission of the International Union of General Superiors (UISG) and the International Union of General Superiors (USG) (Rome) has accepted the request of the British Government to help them promote its Protocol to combat sexual violence in the world.
A WORKSHOP WAS ORGANIZED IN GOMA FROM 2 TO 9 APRIL FOR A BETTER TRAINING OF THE CONSECRATED TO WELCOME AND INTEGRATE THE VICTIMS IN THE GREAT LAKES COUNTRIES. Continue reading “Violence in DRC”

Advocacy… to be a voice for the voiceless…

On March 24, 2017, a training seminar was held at the General House of the Missionaries of Africa on “Advocacy and Lobbying as Mechanisms for Advancing the AEFJN Plan of Action” (Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network / Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network).

The two members of the team in Brussels, Mr. Gino Brunswijck and Mr. José Luis Gutierrez, trained to “advocacy” thirty religious men and women from various missionary congregations. They explained their commitment to the European Union on the various issues at the heart of the AEFJN. They also shared their experiences of networking with other civil society and religious organizations in Brussels and in Africa.

The goal of their advocacy is to be the voice of those who are voiceless in Africa. Advocacy is a non-violent form of making known internationally the injustices committed by land grabbing, mining, etc.

The plea reminds us that it is concrete people, women, men and children who suffer and are the victims of economic exploitation in Africa.

The means used by advocacy are multiple: publication of information received, petition, exposure of photos, various forms of public action, training and animation, etc.

Today the social media offer even more ways for advocacy: the website (www.aefjn.org); Twitter (@AEFJN); Facebook (in development).

The Brussels team works on behalf of our respective congregations, it offers their services to us who work in Africa and for the African world. It seeks to intensify collaboration with Africa. I personally retain two requests from them.

  • For international advocacy to be more effective, it is essential to receive important, relevant and reliable information from the grassroots level in Africa. As a result, we are on the ground of the necessary intermediaries for the causes of the poor and exploited to be heard on an international scale.
  • For AEFJN advocacy to have more influence with politicians and the structures that matter, it is important to show our strength as a number. This becomes for example visible on the Twitter account. By becoming an AEFJN “follower” on Twitter we are strengthening the voice of the voiceless.

In this time of Lent, let us offer our strength and our means to make the voices of the poor, the exploited, the voiceless of Africa heard!

Bon Carême

Andreas Göpfert,
Coordinateur de JPIC-ED

Human trafficking … MAfr & MSOLA

Wednesday, the 15th February 2017, was a historic day in the history of the Lavigerie Family. It brought together the General Councils of the Missionaries of Africa (M.Afr.) and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (MSOLA), the Provincial and Section Superiors of the M.Afr. and leaders of the five MSOLA Entities.

One major topic was on the Agenda: Human trafficking and related issues. This topic has great importance to both institutes because it is closely linked to the Anti-Slavery campaign of our common Founder, Cardinal Lavigerie. It has also been selected as a prime concern for both Institutes: The M.Afr. Chapter of 2016 chose migrants and human trafficking as a main area of concern. The MSOLA, in their enlarged Council, also selected this topic as one of their four priorities.

The day started with a conference given by Sr. Gabriella Bottani (SCM), coordinator of “Talitha Kum.” She first gave the historical background of the “Talitha Kum” group, which is an international network of people in Consecrated Life working against trafficking in persons (www.talithakum.info).
Most trafficking of people takes place within the country itself or in neighbouring countries. Trafficking of people on at transnational or intercontinental level is very small in comparison.

The speaker identified various forms of trafficking and slavery: domestic servitude; forced labour; organ removal (sometimes for reasons of witchcraft); criminal acts (e.g. child soldiers & drugs smuggling); begging; forced marriage and sexual exploitation (e.g. prostitution and cyber-sex).

After this introduction, the participants were divided into various groups, each of which was given one of the following topics to discuss: Advocacy; Protection; Prevention and Networking. The groups were invited to answer the following questions, what are the challenges? what are the calls? The different groups reported back and this led to an enriching discussion among the participants and with Sr. Gabriella.

The next round of group sharing was organized by geographical regions. Each regional group, and the group of the two General Councils, discussed and proposed a Common Action Plan, which was shared in a full plenary session.
It emerged that there is a strong conviction and a common commitment to become more involved in advocacy, protection, prevention and networking activities against human trafficking. M.AFR and MSOLA can do a lot together, especially during the preparation of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Lavigerie Family.

André Schaminée, Secretary General, M.Afr.

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Meeting MAfr MSOLA on Human Trafficking

This meeting reaffirmed our common conviction that we must commit ourselves against human trafficking by supporting the activities of advocacy, protection, prevention and networking. Here is the statement at the end of the meeting :

Wednesday, the 15th February 2017, was a historic day in the history of the Lavigerie Family. It brought together the General Councils of the Missionaries of Africa (M.Afr.) and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (MSOLA), the Provincial and Section Superiors of the M.Afr. and leaders of the five MSOLA Entities.

One major topic was on the Agenda: Human trafficking and related issues. This topic has great importance to both institutes because it is closely linked to the Anti-Slavery campaign of our common Founder, Cardinal Lavigerie. It has also been selected as a prime concern for both Institutes: The M.Afr. Chapter of 2016 chose migrants and human trafficking as a main area of concern. The MSOLA, in their enlarged Council, also selected this topic as one of their four priorities.

The day started with a conference given by Sr. Gabriella Bottani (SCM), coordinator of “Talitha Kum.” She first gave the historical background of the “Talitha Kum” group, which is an international network of people in Consecrated Life working against trafficking in persons (www.talithakum.info).
Most trafficking of people takes place within the country itself or in neighbouring countries. Trafficking of people on at transnational or intercontinental level is very small in comparison.

The speaker identified various forms of trafficking and slavery: domestic servitude; forced labour; organ removal (sometimes for reasons of witchcraft); criminal acts (e.g. child soldiers & drugs smuggling); begging; forced marriage and sexual exploitation (e.g. prostitution and cyber-sex).

After this introduction, the participants were divided into various groups, each of which was given one of the following topics to discuss: Advocacy; Protection; Prevention and Networking. The groups were invited to answer the following questions, what are the challenges? what are the calls? The different groups reported back and this led to an enriching discussion among the participants and with Sr. Gabriella.

The next round of group sharing was organized by geographical regions. Each regional group, and the group of the two General Councils, discussed and proposed a Common Action Plan, which was shared in a full plenary session.
It emerged that there is a strong conviction and a common commitment to become more involved in advocacy, protection, prevention and networking activities against human trafficking. M.AFR and MSOLA can do a lot together, especially during the preparation of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Lavigerie Family.

André Schaminée,
Secretary General, M.Afr.