Water and Immigration
Please read this article, “I’m being prosecuted for trying to save the lives of three migrants ,” by Parker Deighan, a volunteer with the organization No More Deaths, who was arrested for bringing humanitarian aid to migrants crossing the desert. Her reflection illuminates the relationship between the environment, power struggles, and migration.
On Feb. 8, we celebrate the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of human trafficking survivors. St. Josephine was born near Darfur, Sudan in 1869 and abducted by slave traders at the age of 7. Her childhood – if it can be called that – was gruesome, but she retained an openness to beauty and life, nevertheless. After being sold to a family in Italy, she encountered the Canossian Sisters, who taught her the Catholic faith. She joined their order upon the approval of her petition for freedom.
At her canonization, St. Pope John Paul II said that in St. Josephine Bakhita, “We find a shining advocate of genuine emancipation. The history of her life inspires not passive acceptance but the firm resolve to work effectively to free girls and women from oppression and violence, and to return them to their dignity in the full exercise of their rights.” Click here to open our post on St. Josephine Bakhita, pray a novena and watch a video on her life.
Click the link to view the photojournalism piece, “Haiti and Her Diaspora: 2018 A Year in Pictures.”