(ANS - Addis Ababa) - The impact of the climatic phenomenon "El Niño" is driving thousands of Ethiopian families to leave the countryside and move to the big cities. They are at risk of exploitation and illegal migration to Europe and the Middle East. "The drought emergency in Ethiopia is at its peak, and the human traffickers are ready to take advantage of the crisis." This is the alarm raised by the International Volunteers for Development (VIS) and the Salesians of Ethiopia.
(ANS - Turin) - During the bicentenary year of the birth of Don Bosco, at the instigation of and with the support of the CRT Foundation, the National Film School, Animation Department of Turin, the Salesians started a project called "Don Bosco - Thoughts inspired by the Bicentenary of his birth." Various traits of the Saint of Youth are portrayed in several short animated films.
(ANS - Tiruchy) - Following the indications of Pope Francis, the Salesians are promoting sustainable development initiatives. Significant in this respect was the awarding of the Pascual Chávez 2015 Prize for innovative Salesian ministry in the South Asia region to the initiative of the student Eco-clubs, promoted by the Salesian Province of India-Tiruchy.
(ANS – Vientiane) – The humble education work for the poor youth of Laos started as a collaboration between the Don Bosco Foundation of Thailand and the Lao Youth Union in 2004 brought also Fr. Angel F. Artime, as the first Rector Major to the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (PDR) capital Vientiane on March 3, 2016.
(ANS - Aleppo) - On 26-27 February, some 70 young people from the Salesian Oratory in Aleppo staged a musical entitled "Lord of the Colours", written by Fr Pier Jabloyan, SDB, and Majed Zrek, a Salesian Cooperator. It tells the story of a city that has experienced a great and terrible war which has forced its inhabitants to close their eyes so as not to see the terrible things that were happening… until the Lord of the Colours comes.