(ANS - Vatican City) - In its latest report on trafficking in persons, the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention underscores that the vast majority of trafficking victims in the world "are women and girls" (72%). And the International Labor Organization estimates that nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally. Pope Francis concluded yesterday, 11 April, the International Conference on the Trafficking of Persons, stating strongly that this sad phenomenon is a "crime against humanity", which "disfigures the humanity of the victim, offending his or her freedom and dignity", and that at the same time, "dehumanizes those who perform it."
(ANS – Liloan) – Since 2010, when the “Magone Home Aftercare Program” first opened, more than 150 young marginalized people have been transformed thanks to this new Don Bosco ministry in Cebu. Together with the Boys Home, Parish, Vocational Training Center, High School and Youth Center, this Program offers an integral environment for many youth in conflict with the law for a solid renewal of their life.
(ANS - Damascus) - In two video-documentaries the Salesians of the Middle East have brought together their experiences in Syria in recent years, particularly in the oratories of Damascus, Kafroun and Aleppo, and in Lebanon, in the oratory of El Hessoun and in the Al Fidar Vocational Training Center.
(ANS - Luanda) - “Dear friends, we've arrived in Luanda, the capital of Angola. It's very hot and, near the sea, it's also humid.” Thus began the diary entry of the President of Missioni Don Bosco, Giampietro Pettenon, SDB, who narrates his missionary journey to Angola where the Salesians first arrived in the 80s, answering the appeal of the Rector Major of the time, Fr Egidio Viganò. Today in Angola there are 110 Salesians, of whom 40 are active in pastoral ministry and 70 in initial formation.