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Ethiopian Archbishop calls for fight against Human Trafficking and Displacement

Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa urged the recent Synod on Africa to take concrete action against human trafficking.  "I hope this Synod on Africa shall study the root causes of human trafficking, internally displaced persons, abused domestic workers (especially women in the Middle East), refugees and migrants, especially the African boat migrants and asylum seekers and come up with concrete positions and proposals to show to the world that African lives are sacred and not cheap, as they seem to be presented and seen in many media channels.

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Parish mobilized against human trafficking

Under Sr. Bernadette Moran's leadership at St. Columban's Parish in Garden Grove, the issue of human trafficking has been brought to the fore.  Over the last few years, as part of the Adult Faith Formation Program, Sr. Bernadette has arranged workshops for parishioners on different aspects of trafficking to increase awareness of the reality of this issue. 

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We Celebrate what we Believe! – Two great celebrations in Zambia

Sr. Kayula Lesa RSC reflects on two great celebrations in the Zambian Region in September.
“The 5th and 12th of September, 2009, were not ordinary days in the lives of the Sisters of Charity in the Zambian Religion. On 5th of September Sr. Liness Banda made her Final Vows in Kabwata Parish in Lusaka; while on the 12th, Sr. Anne Clare Salamo celebrated her Silver Jubilee in Sacred Heart Parish in Kabwe.

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Six sisters take Final Vows in Nigeria

September 12th, 2009 was an historic day in the life of the Nigerian Region.  Six sisters took Final Vows as Sisters of Charity in the parish church of Christ the King, Port Harcourt – Sisters Laeticia Amadi, Mary Balogun, Eucharia Eya, Gloria Ozuluoke, Francisca Ahumibe and Prisca Acholonu.  Sr. Mary Christian, the Superior General, was present to receive their vows.

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South Africa 2010: Are Fears of Increased Human Trafficking Unfounded?

It is slightly over two centuries since the whole human family rejoiced over the abolition of slave trade. It was then hoped that no human being would be subjected to such inhumane treatment and over the centuries this kind of thinking has been emphasised in the human rights discourse. However, what the world is witnessing now is “history repeating itself”. Slave trade is back but in a different form; the form of human trafficking. Just as slave trade was terribly offensive to human dignity and to God, so is human trafficking. According to the 2006 US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Reports, about 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders with many more within national borders annually. Most of these are women and children. Human trafficking therefore is a growing worldwide phenomenon which requires that every opportunity that fosters it, be fought ruthlessly so that human dignity is promoted for everyone.

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