(ANS – Rio de Janiero) – On occasion of the Olympic Games in Brazil “Jugend Eine Welt – Don Bosco Aktion Österreich” raised concerns over the distressing situation of streetchildren in Brazil where the Austrian ngo supports Don Bosco projects since many years. Jugend Eine Welt deplored that many homeless children had been removed from the streets of Rio de Janeiro in advance of the Olympic Games.
(ANS – Mogofores) – “I wish I were present on the day of my funeral, to see whether there are the persons I love most. Oblivion, what makes me tremble is oblivion”, recites a song composed by a Salesian past pupil. According to experts, one of the greatest problems of elderly people is solitude and oblivion. As R. Cruzado wrote: “pain, forgetfulness, are reflected in their faces furrowed by the passing of time, by fatigue, by weariness and the blows of life they keep on avoiding”. Elderly Salesians in Portugal live in a house where every month some Salesian Cooperators go and visit them. Is not this a way of living the Year of Mercy?
(ANS – Santa Cruz) – “As we pass through the Holy Door, we get close to the merciful heart of Jesus,” Pope Francis said in his latest general audience. In Bolivia, in the same spirit there was the celebration of the “Jubilee of the Young”, in which hundreds of young people walked for several kilometres – thus doing their Pilgrimage of Mercy – and after arriving at the Temple of “Divino Niño” (the Divine Child), they passed through the Holy Door.
(ANS – Aleppo) – Leaving for an educational camp with the oratory – one of the few moments of light-heartedness for minors in Aleppo – and not being able any more to return home because in the meantime your city is once again besieged and is the scene of bloody clashes: the situation of some children and youth who were accompanied by the Salesians to the house of Kafroun, in the north of the country, is almost surreal, if it were not tragically true. For several days now they are trapped in Kafroun, while their families have to face the fear of bombs and missiles, power and water cuts and skyrocketing prices.
(ANS – Touba) – The Republic of Mali is a country without access to the sea of West Africa. Mali is the seventh largest African country, in terms of surface, but it is one of the countries where children suffer more from hunger and malnutrition. 75% of the population in Mali depend on agriculture, but rains are not regular, and normally there is a drought every 10 to 15 years. Poverty and destitution are not limited to lack of food, but they also concern the lack of instruction and of expectations for the future. Yet, despite all this indigence, the Salesians believe in a promising future, starting from education.