(ANS - Pugnido) - The massacre that took place on April 15 on the border between South Sudan and Ethiopia is a deep wound for the local population. 208 people were killed and more than 100 children abducted, not to mention the pillage of about 2000 cows, in a world where pastoralism is the main source of livelihood. Fr Filippo Perin, a Salesian missionary in Pugnido in the Gambella region, not far from the site of the massacre, said: "We are concluding Lent, we have got to Palm Sunday and we are beginning the week of the Passion ... We are living three days of mourning in Gambella region for what has happened."
(ANS - Madrid) - The Departments for the Missions and for Social Communication have organized the first meeting of the communication teams of the Salesian Mission Offices in Madrid from 25 to 28 April. The meeting represents a new departure in synergy: "Mission Offices, challenges to effective communication in the new contexts of communication."
(ANS - Coronel Oviedo) - The Salesian work in Coronel Oviedo is named after one of its benefactors, Carlos Pfannl. It was founded on 24 March 1954. The Institute carries out an educational task of enormous impact in Paraguayan society. It is a work located in a privileged area with good production resources and is in an optimal position to serve rural youth. This makes the "Carlos Pfannl" Salesian Agro-Pastoral Institute in Coronel Oviedo one of the most important Salesian houses in the country.
(ANS – Vienna) - Sunday 27th April 2016 brought 22 participants from 9 different countries to Vienna for the 6-day European training course ‘Speak Up!’ - an intensive course on youth advocacy and refugees run by Don Bosco Youth-Net. The training course aimed to develop the competence of the participants in developing and implementing advocacy actions while focussing on the impact on local, regional, national and European level, in particular policies affecting young refugees.
(ANS - Manta) - "No one lives on tears” said Archbishop Travez of Quito “but with your help” - harsh words, but also challenging. And it is a fact that since the earthquake, those who suffer most are the children. UNICEF and its humanitarian partners say that "23 million dollars are required to meet the needs of at least 250,000 children over the next three months. We need this aid to reach the children as soon as possible."