RMG – Focus on Ukraine, without forgetting anyone else

04 April 2022

(ANS - Rome) - The style of welcoming and helping that the Salesians adopt in every circumstance is a concrete expression of their faith and charism. For every refugee welcomed, in every convoy of aid sent out, in every fundraising or solidarity initiative carried out, the Sons of Don Bosco have at heart only to be close, like new Samaritans, to those wounded by life. This is why, while they are working with all their energies in the current emergency that has struck the Ukrainian nation - a truly unprecedented emergency, with about 4 million refugees in five weeks of war - they remain active on all other humanitarian fronts where they can make their contribution.

While activities continue at full pace in Ukraine, in neighboring countries, and in all Salesian realities around the world, accompanying and helping the population that is a victim of the war unleashed by the Russian regime, at the same time the Salesian General Coordination for Emergency Response points out that it is also carrying out other campaigns and initiatives in response to other needs.

In Haiti, a country that has been plagued by natural disasters in recent years, recovery from the last earthquake in August 2021 has been slow, and great social and political instability remains. But the Salesians of the "Blessed Philip Rinaldi" (HAI) Vice-Province are not standing idly by and, thanks also to the aid received in the spirit of Salesian solidarity, have recently inaugurated short-term training courses in the construction sector, which will enable young men and women to find work in the sector and contribute to the rebirth of the country through the reconstruction of the collapsed houses.

In the Southern Philippines (FIS), hit late last year by typhoon Rai/Odette, activities are also progressing: the work to restore the affected houses and the relief operations for the population damaged by that event are making strenuous but significant advances.

And the recent resumption of clashes in South Sudan has generated a new, enormous influx of refugees into Uganda. The Salesians, active with various works in both countries, and also fully integrated into the Palabek refugee camp, are by no means indifferent and are doing everything in their power, always working on several fronts: humanitarian assistance, psychological, moral, and spiritual support, educational and vocational training projects for the long-term response.

And of fronts of activity carried out by the Salesians many more could be mentioned...

"As we focus on the war in Ukraine, let us by no means forget our brothers and sisters in these tragedies. In each of these, our confreres have been affected and are involved in helping the victims," Fr George Menamparampil, head of the Salesian General Coordination for Emergency Response, was quick to point out.


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