(ANS – Freetown) – “Once a guard told us that we were not allow to kill cockroaches, because our lives were of less value than that of a cockroach,” says an inmate who spent 4 years in Pademba. The lives of inmates, "faceless men" in the prison of Pademba Road is an experience of continued suffering. Not by chance is it called "Hell on earth." But for the prisoners, life is not easy even when you leave the place. Unless someone decides to help you.
(ANS - Lungi) - Anthony Leung is a young Salesian cleric born in Hong Kong and called to be missionary; he is currently carrying out a two-year training period in Sierra Leone. He is the second missionary in Salesian history that comes from China.
(ANS - Monrovia) - Fr Nicola Ciarapica has been a missionary for over 25 years in West Africa, between Nigeria and Liberia, where he also faced the Ebola crisis. This is his story.
(ANS - Freetown) - Aminata and Augusta did not know each other. Augusta worked as a prostitute to be able to eat, but now has her own catering business and strives to make it clear to other girls that they should not take that road. Aminata, on the other hand, believes she has to be a prostitute because her grandmother and her mother both were. Augusta is grateful to Don Bosco for the new life that has been given to her, while Aminata is aware of wanting to get out of that world, and appreciates the Salesians' efforts to persuade her, ... but she still resists.
(ANS - Sunyani) - Ghana is one of the West African countries most affected by migration. The Brong Ahafo region, with a strong rural vocation, is, among other things, the most involved. Through the Stop Trafficking program, the Salesians intend to offer young people the opportunity to remain in the place where they were born and raised, through the development of sustainable agricultural projects.
(ANS – Freetown) – A few months ago, an urban bus from Badajoz (Extremadura) was sent to Freetown (Sierra Leone) to cooperate in one of the projects for the minors at risk of exclusion living on the streets of the city. The first objective is to save prostitutes who are minors. This is one of the stories of "a forgotten childhood girl".
Argentina - Being a missionary does not mean going to save people: it is being with people, bringing a life-giving God
(ANS - Chubut) - Fr Brigildo de Deus, affectionately named don "Dydu" by the local children, decided to be a missionary following the testimony of some Salesian priests. One of them was assassinated and the question arose in Brigildo: "If they have given their lives, why can I not give my life to the service of those who need me?"
Put yourself in "someone else's shoes"
While in recent years the global scenario is increasingly characterized by a climate of widespread intolerance, where violence and xenophobia create a culture of division, in everyday life, within the family, with friends, in associations or groups, one the one hand we experience a need to live authentic relationships and on the other the sad truth of fatigue or of failure.
Chile – National Convention of Domenico Savio Club Animators
(ANS - Santiago) - With 55 animators and assistants from all the country's communities, the National Convention of the Animators of the Domenico Savio Clubs (CDS) took place in the Lo Cañas retreat from 7 to 9 July.
Colombia - Pablo Andrés: "From abandoned child to successful entrepreneur."
(ANS - Medellín) - Pablo Andrés Velez Velez is an entrepreneur who runs a chemical products firm and is responsible for a group of twelve workers and a happy family. He was invited to the Salesian "Ciudad Don Bosco" to talk to young people. His words and, above all, his life, have become a real example of self-improvement.