Varanasi, India: A Heart-Rending Story from Little Stars School/Shanti Niketan Girls Home
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Varanasi, India: A Heart-Rending Story from Little Stars School/Shanti Niketan Girls Home

Fr Frans Baartmans mhm who was a transformative and compassionate presence in Varanasi for more than 30 years supplied this story. Here is sad news about a girl Rozi who was living in Shanti Niketan Girls Home.A police case girl Roji Khatoon, aged 17, was not recovering very well in the hospital. She was brought at the girl’s home by police…

South Sudan: The Incredible Story of Dr Emmanuel Taban
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South Sudan: The Incredible Story of Dr Emmanuel Taban

Born in a tiny village in South Sudan, Emmanuel Taban was one of five siblings raised by a single mother. At 14 he was arrested by the Military for being a rebel-spy, incarcerated, tortured and sent off to Khartoum. He fled to Eritrea, where he was again imprisoned. Upon his release, he decided to walk…

Basankusu, DR Congo: Health Workers in Fight against Ebola Claim Arrears
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Basankusu, DR Congo: Health Workers in Fight against Ebola Claim Arrears

Tension remains high in the 3 health zones of Bolomba, where health workers have been claiming their premiums for about 4 months. They have launched a strike movement since Sunday, October 18 by burning tires and barricading roads. They also threatened humanitarians assigned to these response operations against the Ebola virus disease in Bolomba-center, as…

Africa’s Astonishingly Low Covid-19 Death Rates Explained
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Africa’s Astonishingly Low Covid-19 Death Rates Explained

Africa accounts for 17% of the global population but only 3.5% of the reported global COVID-19 deaths. All deaths are important, we should not discount apparently low numbers, and of course data collected over such a wide range of countries will be of variable quality, but the gap between predictions and what has actually happened is staggering….

People with Mental Health Issues Forced to Live in Chains
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People with Mental Health Issues Forced to Live in Chains

Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions are shackled around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Men, women, and children, some as young as 10, are chained or locked in confined spaces for weeks, months, and even years, in about 60 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle…

U.S.A: ‘Global Child Thrive’ Act a Beacon of Hope
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U.S.A: ‘Global Child Thrive’ Act a Beacon of Hope

New legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives could be a “triumph for the tens of millions of children overseas whose potential is yet to be realized,” according to the U.S. bishops’ international development agency. The Global Child Thrive Act passed in the House on Sept. 22 with bipartisan support, and is now headed…

DR Congo: The Triple Threat of Ebola, COVID-19 and Conflict
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DR Congo: The Triple Threat of Ebola, COVID-19 and Conflict

Further expansion of the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic in Equateur province remains possible. It is also important to note that the current epidemic has already reached three times as many health zones than the previous EVD epidemic in the same province in 2018. Over the past two weeks, cases of EVD have reportedly spread toward the north and east of the province….

Malakal, South Sudan: Poetry in a UN Protection of Civilians (POC) Camp
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Malakal, South Sudan: Poetry in a UN Protection of Civilians (POC) Camp

In recent dispatches to the Sun, Father Bassano wrote, “This pandemic in our world is teaching us of both the fragility and resiliency of life.” He reported that two of his co-workers at the UNHCR [UN Refugee Agency] where he lives tested positive for the virus and one of them died from complications: “We were all…

Battambang, Cambodia: Supporting People with Disabilities
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Battambang, Cambodia: Supporting People with Disabilities

Battambang (Agenzia Fides) – Supporting the life and work of the Arrupe Center in Cambodia, managed by Bishop Enrique Figaredo Alvar Gonzalez SJ in the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang, in the north-west of the country, where for over 20 years they have accompanied and provide learning and growth opportunities for people with disabilities: this is…

Hunger Games in Congo
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Hunger Games in Congo

Francis Hannaway, from Middlesbrough, England, is working in Basankusu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014, he started working for the treatment of malnourished children. He then set up a treatment centre with a team of 12 local volunteers. He is a former Mill Hill Missionary Associate His story. I live and work in…

Religious Sisters in Africa: The Risks of Working on the Frontline
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Religious Sisters in Africa: The Risks of Working on the Frontline

A majority of religious sisters are working in hospitals as nurses, doctors or other hospital staff to serve patients with COVID-19. Others run schools to educate children, projects to serve individuals living in poverty, and homes to care for the elderly. Sisters have also been active in slums and poor villages across the continent to…

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Pope Francis: Applying Gospel Message to Big Questions of our Age

Over the last four Wednesdays in August, Francis has focussed his audiences on the pandemic, peppering his reflections with economic messages designed to make world leaders sit up and think. And he’ll be continuing in this vein over the coming weeks.  His reflections are not designed to offer policy proposals or support any political program….