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COVID-19 could fuel Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling in Africa than slow them

By Andebo Pax Pascal, JENA

Human beings have always taken advantage of fellow human beings since time immemorial, prominently illustrated by the slave trade. In spite of the formal abolition of the trade, slavery has globally continued in modern times, in both open and subtle ways. This happens amidst commitments made by over 178 member countries of the United Nations through the 2000 Palermo Protocols to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, and against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea, and Air. This points to both ignorance and the deliberate little will intended to keep the practice for certain benefits some enjoy.

"A promise is a debt”: Fr Jean-Luc Enyegue SJ professes his Final Vows

By Jean-Pierre Gandaf Walle SJ, AOC Province

Saturday 31st October 2020 will remain forever in the heart of our companion Father Jean-Luc Enyegue SJ who pronounced his final vows during the mass celebrated by the president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ. The celebration that took place in the Chapel of Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya, was placed under the memorial of Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez and under the strict observance of the health guidelines due to Covid-19.

Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection Laments Zambia’s Debt Crisis

By (L.M.) Agenzia Fides

"We are deeply concerned about the rapid weakening of the economy in our country, which is jeopardizing the economic and social life of ordinary citizens, in particular the poor, the marginalized and the vulnerable", says the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Zambia, in a statement published on the occasion of Independence Day on 24 October.

#ENDSARS: The Epistemic Issues

Feature Story | by Ujah Gabriel SJ

As the youths and their well-meaning supporters in Nigeria continue to protest, we have witnessed the evolution of what began as a protest against the ruthlessness of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which is a special unit in Nigeria Police force, and by extension, against the brutality of all forces in Nigeria, to a protest against bad leadership. Whatever grievances persist is nothing but the fruit of bad leadership which most people describe as Nigeria’s cancer. We have come to a state in Nigeria where the ills Nigerians suffer from can only be explained by bad and corrupt leadership.

African Jesuits condemn the killing of school children in Cameroun

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Nairobi, 28 October 2020
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African Jesuits condemn the killing of school children in Cameroun

International conference on youth engagement in promoting the ideals of Laudato Si' in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

The social apostolate of Rwanda-Burundi Region; Jesuit Urumuri Center, held a sub-regional conference from October 21-22, to mark the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si '. The event brought together many experts on ecology and social issues from the Great Lakes region with an aim to respond to an observation raised by the Holy Father in his encyclical that: “ The young are calling for a change. How is it possible to claim to build a better future without thinking about the environmental crisis and the suffering of those excluded?” ( Laudato si ', n° 13).

#EndSARS Protest: A Demand for Justice and Transformation

Press Release 

North-West Africa Province | Society of Jesus

Surulere, Lagos | 20 October 2020

In consonance with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), the Jesuits of North-West Africa Province of the Society of Jesus have observed with great concerns, the poor handling of the youth-led #EndSARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) protest across cities and towns of Nigeria by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and wish to remind the Federal Government and the NPF that:

In Africa, farmers learn new methods for facing drought, floods

by Tawanda Karombo | National Catholic Reporter

BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE — In the sweltering mid-October heat of Matobo, one of Zimbabwe's hottest and driest districts, Spiwe Moyo tended her ripening tomato crop. Nearby, underneath a baobab tree, a few emaciated donkeys and a small herd of skinny cattle take shelter from the blazing sun.

Cameroonian Jesuit Priest on pilgrimage, prays for reconciliation

Cameroonian Jesuit priest, Fr. Ludovic Lado’s peace pilgrimage will take him 250 km from Douala to Yaoundé.

by Paul Samasumo | Vatican News

Carrying only a rucksack, sleeping mat, dressed in black Cassock with his head shaved, Fr. Lado embarked Monday on a 250 km pilgrimage that should take him from Douala to Yaoundé. He wants to draw attention to the suffering brought about by the war in Cameroon, now in its fourth year.

JRS - Central Africa Republic: Contributing to the Education of Children from Early Childhood

Mélanie, 49 years old, used to sell fruits in the market in Bambari, her hometown. She was trained as a preschool teacher when the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) launched their preschool education project in the area in 2016 and has been working with us since then.

Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network (JENA) Webinar Series on Global Justice

By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

This month of October JENA launched a webinar series on global justice. The webinars bring together relevant decision-makers and practitioners from politics, civil service, international organizations, and civil society to share and reflect on the exponential change needed for the wellbeing of all people and the planet to supercharge and accelerate solutions for sustainable development.