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

See also : https://migrants-refugees.va/

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?

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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


AEFJN Annual General Meeting

Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN), a network of 48 congregations of men and women religious working for economic justice between Africa and Europe, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 10th of November 2017. Around 20 members congregations were represented at the meeting which was held at the Generalate of the Missionaries of Africa. Continue reading “AEFJN Annual General Meeting”

World Day for the Poor

19th November : World Day for the Poor

“Let us love, not with words but with deeds”

Pope Francis has named the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time the “World Day of the Poor”. The inaugural day will be celebrated on November 19th. The World Day for the poor is an invitation to live and to revitalize a creative charity in communities and associations. It also calls us to more justice.

“It will be a day to help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Lk 16:19-21), there can be no justice nor social peace. This Day will also represent a genuine form of New Evangelization (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy.” (Misericordia et misera, n°21).

“It is my wish that … Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance”, writes Pope Francis in his message “Let us love, not with words but with deeds”.

Here are some documents :

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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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