April 2017 Flashpoints

• Hostility toward Anglophones in Cameroon has forced a strike that has now kept Anglophone children out of
school for nearly two months. The strike is a response to the repression of English language in the media,
internet, and other public and political fora. Cathy Molloy, CND who served in Kumbo, Cameroon for 30
years, participated in a recent demonstration against this Anglophone discrimination outside UN
Headquarters and was warmly received by the Cameroonians leading the action.

Source: CRS

• Catholic Relief Services is planning to strengthen their child protection work in Haiti and have asked for our help with data collection, the first step in designing a program. Through an online survey, CRS hopes to better understand what Catholics in the U.S. are currently doing around child health and well-being in Haiti. CRS staff in Haiti are also gathering data in Haiti. Sisters in the U.S. doing work to support Haitian communities are invited to assist by completing the 15-minute online survey.


Photo: AsiaNews

• Evangelizing for a more Vibrant, Alert and Aware Church (E-VAAC) has made three resources available that may prove useful to the strategic planning of Religious congregations with communities in India. They were shared with us by a Sister of Charity at the UN and are available here:
o Appreciating the Bursar Situation
o Building Credibility: Narrowing the Say-Do Gap
o Study on Catholic Families in West Bengal and Sikkim


• The Samaritan Women is hosting a conference at the Bon Secours Conference Center in Marriottsville, MD, USA on 11-13 May 2017 for women Religious who work with domestic human trafficking survivors. Scholarships are available. More details here.

© Susanne Keller; Amnesty International

• A word of inspiration from Maureen Foltz, CCV and member of the UI Board: “If the women (young and old) in Syria can persist, then so can we!”