Freetown, Sierra Leone - 2016 - These are the faces of children left without parents, whom the Salesians look after and educate for life. They are "faces that speak of the future."
(Photo: Alberto Lopez, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid)
(ANS - Lungi) - Fr Ubaldino Andrade Hernandez is a Salesian missionary who has worked in Sierra Leone. He was in Rome at the Generalate during the photographic exhibition: "Ebola, and beyond Ebola". His testimony is a sign of trust in God. He says that in those strange days of the epidemic they were living with "a real fear of death” but they decided to stay there as parents for many abandoned children." Looking at the pictures of the exhibition, the memories came to mind, and his eyes paused to remember his experiences. "Staying was the best option."
(ANS – Rome) – An exhibition to inform and sensitize on the consequences of Ebola, now that the world fear of the epidemic is over, was held in these days at the General House of the Salesians in Rome, after it had been launched about 7 months ago in Madrid. It is the photo-exhibition “Ebola beyond Ebola” (Ébola, más allá del Ébola) prepared by Alfons Rodríguez and sponsored by the Salesian Missionary Procure of Madrid.
(ANS - Monrovia) - The World Health Organization still recommends maintaining high controls on possible new outbreaks, but currently Liberia is better prepared to identify, isolate and treat new cases of Ebola. According to Fr Nicola Ciarapica SDB, Rector of the Don Bosco Centre in Matadi, "Social relations, trade, and politics are returning to normal ... And yet you can notice more and more the gap between the people who are well-off and those who are most in need, most lacking in education, health, and work."
(ANS - Rome) - Opening the pages of the newspapers and seeing the plight of children around the world creates a sense of hopelessness. The news is depressing for those who care about the world of children. "The child population as a whole is the subject of serious violations: abduction, sexual violence, child marriages and forced recruitment." If we stop to think, a second thought comes immediately. What is happening? How can we tolerate such suffering? Indifference has globalized, said Pope Francis, becoming a "selfish attitude of indifference that has achieved a global dimension."
(ANS - Madrid) – “Ebola and beyond Ebola" is the title of a photographic exhibition by Alfons Rodríguez, sponsored by the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid. It shows, through 30 images, the consequences of the terrible epidemic that devastated Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea Conakry in 2013, with several cases occurring even to the end of last year.
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.