Talitha Kum in Africa: Women Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery

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Talitha Kum in Africa

Sr. Gabriella Bottani, TK coordinator, visited recently Burkina Faso and Cameroon. “The countries in the region are source, transit and destination places of trafficked persons. More than 50% of the victims are trafficked inside a country or across the borders to neighbouring countries. Types of exploitation: Forced labour – Mines, Fishing Industry, Domestic Servitude…, Sexual Exploitation, Forced Marriage, Begging, Child Soldiers and other Crimes, Organ Removal.”

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Praise for Talitha Kum from the international community (Sr. Bernadette Reis on Vatican News)

Ireland’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Derek Hannon, said that Talitha’s Kum work is “excellent” and “largely unsung”. He said it is necessary to “bring to public attention this vital and occasionally dangerous work”, one which he said the Irish government supports both morally and financially (€ 38,000 since 2016). Mr Hannon also stated that “only through collaboration at international, regional, bi-lateral, and national levels will progress be made in combatting human trafficking, something that Talitha Kum has long understood”.

Sally Axworthy, Great Britain’s Ambassador to the Holy See, is grateful to Pope Francis who, she said, keeps the issue of human trafficking “on the front pages”. She too praised the work of the Sisters, especially in their work of providing care and reintegration to victims. “We know that they do that in a very different way, in a way that as governments we can’t do. And we pay tribute to that. It’s difficult work and we know that you do it very well.” The Ambassador ended her presentation saying that since the issue is a global one, the Catholic Church has a global presence particularly suitable to “reach people in a way that governments really can’t”. The British government has contributed € 53,000 to the UISG in 2018 for leadership training programs in Africa and research into trafficking routes.

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