A Report from Imelda Poole IBVM who presented at the Anti Trafficking Conference, 175th Jubilee Celebrations of the IBVM Indian Province.
India had always been a country I had been drawn to go to on mission and I had volunteered many years ago. Now many years later here I am in a small part of the NE of India, impacted in a way I could never have imagined. The huge numbers of people, the noises, the smells and the dire poverty was the first explosion on my psyche that first afternoon travelling from the airport in Kolkata to Loreto House right in the middle of the city.
I was just one night in Kolkata at Loreto House, where I experienced wonderful hospitality and then I returned to the airport. The journey to the airport, once again left a huge impact. I witnessed many people inside walled latrines performing their morning ablutions on the sides of the streets. Private wash places, I soon discovered, was a luxury in most places where I visited. A huge number of street vendors were cooking for the day and the aromas were mouth-watering at every turn of corner. The streets were buzzing with a million rickshaws, small motors, market sellers and hundreds of tiny kiosks. These filled every nook and cranny and sold everything you would ever want to buy. The cows meandered through it all.
My first stay after Kolkata was in Ranchi where there is a Loreto school and where the cultural welcome included felicitations with flowers scattered over us, a washing of hands and a garland laid across my neck. This ritual was repeated so many times during my wonderful stay in this beautiful place. Please click here to read the full report.
Click here to hear RENATE President, Imelda Poole, speak about the role of NGOs and CSOs in addressing the Mary Ward Loreto Conference on Anti-Human Trafficking.
Project IRENE, (IL Religious Engaging in Nonviolent Endeavors), an initiative of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in Illinois, USA, to impact systems change beneficial for women and children, reflect on the successes of the past year in combatting human trafficking and incorporate them into their ADVENT Liturgy, which is shared below.
Feel free to adapt the Human Trafficking 2018 document, to suit your own jurisdiction.
Please click the links below to read:
(a) Declaration by the Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery;
(b) Stories of Support for Victims of Human Trafficking;
(c) The Liturgy.
More information about Project IRENE at:
email@example.com | www.projectirene.org
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.
This Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery was endorsed by Anglican, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Orthodox religious leaders.
“We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historic initiative to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of good will everywhere to eradicate modern slavery across the world by 2020 and for all time. In the eyes of God*, each human being is a free person, whether girl, boy, woman or man, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. Modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, organ trafficking, and any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity, is a crime against humanity. We pledge ourselves here today to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored. Today we have the opportunity, awareness, wisdom, innovation and technology to achieve this human and moral imperative.” 2nd December, 2014.
(*The Grand Imam of Al Azhar uses the word “religions”.)