On 8 February 2019, the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, St. Bakhita Day, the URAT Network in Albania, with the support of the Archbishop of the Diocese of Tirana-Durres, organized a special prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana.
This event gathered all those who work in the anti-trafficking field in Albania. Among those present were Imelda Poole MWL, Ms. Brikena Puka, Vatra Psycho – Social Centre; Mrs. Syrie Pepa, Erion Prendi SHKEJI Organization; Ms. Ana Majko, ARSIS Initiatives; Different and Equal; Don Marjam Lumci; United Response Against Trafficking (URAT) Albania and RENATE.
Many thanks to all who made this evening a success: Ana Stakaj with MWL who facilitated the service on behalf of URAT; Erion Prendi from SHKEJ, chair of URAT, who coordinated the presentation; Gazi Memaj who organized the beautiful music; and Genc Gjoci who works with MWL and coordinated the youth presentations during the event.We prayed together for the victims of trafficking, we made calls to stop this action and lit candles for the victims. Two short films were also shown, one of Pope Francis speaking about the fight against human trafficking in the world and the other a performance of a song called: ‘Inside so Strong’, sung by the girls of Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham, UK, and dedicated to the victims of Human Trafficking, a song of hope and strength.