Social Justice: June 2006 Archives

Good Works

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The UK Tablet has a story this week on a British parish's outreach to young female refugees.

Fr Peter and Margaret Kane are a part of MRANG, the Merseyside Refugee and Asylum Seekers Pre- and Post-Natal Support Group, an organisation that grew up around St Bernard’s parish. Since September 2004, MRANG has helped more than 220 women and children, but only 32 have been given refugee status. More than 80 babies have been born, of which 36 were the result of rape and multiple rape – often by soldiers. Their mothers come from more than 35 countries, including Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Do go read the whole thing. It's a sad story, but it's also inspiring to see how much good work a single parish can do.

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Human Trafficking in Germany

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National Review Online has a sad but important piece by Donna M. Hughes telling the story of two Russian women who were forced into prostitution in Germany, where the amount of professional prostitutes has doubled to accomodate World Cup demand. Prostitution is legal there, and many of the additional prostitutes are undoubtedly victims of human trafficking, mostly from eastern Europe.

Incidentally, here is a page on the website of the U.S. embassy to the Holy See that documents the joint US-Vatican efforts to combat human trafficking.

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Fighting AIDS

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The UK Tablet takes a grim look at the AIDS situation in Africa.

Mutomo Hospital is in the Kitui district, which has been hit hard by five years of drought. Rivers have dried up, crops destroyed, and the people worn down by hunger. Among the most affected have been those with HIV and Aids. Although life-saving drugs are cheap and available, the small food and medical costs necessary to be able to take them are often too much.

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