- Cova Orejas, a Carmelite Sister of Charity Vedruna, recommended a new publication, the Training Toolkit on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child for Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Government and CSO Representatives. We will send you the link to that if we can get it.
- This spring some sisters of Our Lady of Sion attended a prayer service sponsored by the Egypt Council of Churches for the 21 Egyptian martyrs. Speakers included heads of different churches, a representative of the Sheikh of Al Azhar, a choir, and even a popular singer. The most moving speakers were a delegation of relatives of the martyrs from their villages in Minia—a young Orthodox priest whose nephew and three cousins were among the 21, a man who lost his brother and another whose son was killed. In a beautiful witness, they expressed no bitterness, hatred, or revenge. During the service an icon of the 21 martyrs was projected. You can also find it at this link: http://mgocsmdiaspora.org/blog/lenten-thoughts-21-martyrs-of-libya-with-their-first-coptic-icon-made-by-an-artist-named-tony/
- In India, in the village of Palanpur (Gujarat State) a Religious of Jesus and Mary sister walks eight kilometers into the mountains to work in a project for Adivasi women and children. These people, the “original inhabitants” or the aboriginal population of India, live in absolute poverty. There is a small school for the children and a formation program for women. At first these women would hardly open the doors of their huts, but now the women gather together and send their children to school. They have even celebrated a “congress for the empowerment of women.”
- Religious Sister of Charity Kathleen Bryant (at far right in picture) is doing a research project into the resiliency of trafficking victims, and posting a series of videos on u-tube. Here’s the link to a very moving presentation, in the voices of trafficking victims she has interviewed! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIQ8TOLgGcE&feature=em-upload_owner
- The Sisters of the Holy Names’ Peace and Justice Committee created a lovely prayer service in celebration of the UN World Day Against Human Trafficking on 30 July. (This day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2013). It is posted on the UNANIMA website and Facebook pages in English and French.