Together in Hope: Struggles for and affirmation of human dignity in response to human trafficking, slavery, and forced migration
Plight of the Daily Wage Earners and the Poor
It is estimated that nearly 40 million individuals have been displaced within India during the COVID-19 inflicted lockdown. Many come to urban areas, working as daily-wage earners. The lockdown left these millions, with little or no savings in banks or in hand, stranded thousands of miles away from home. Their families were now also deprived and faced starvation.Read more
Dear LORD Almighty GOD, YOU ARE everything to me,…
I seek you, O Lord, and you answer me;
YOU came to free me from all my sadness and tears.
I believe that when I call upon YOU, and YOU hear me;
In Makassar, the largest city in eastern Indonesia (about 1.5 million population), the history of religious relations has its ups and downs. In 2019, Setara Institute, a nationally renowned research institute, declared Makassar as one of the 10 most intolerant cities in Indonesia. This is supported by a number of aggressive actions of Islamic intolerant groups in this city. Islamic internal intolerance towards Shi'ites and Ahmadis is common. Also, intolerance towards other religious communities with cases of rejection of the construction or renovation of Christian worship buildings. There have been the closings of restaurants that sell pork as well as eliminating books at bookstores that are considered to teach communism or Marxism.Read more
Children's Future International (CFI) operates in rural Battambang, Cambodia, near the border with Thailand. A feature of our work is helping families living in abject poverty create sustainable and safe futures for themselves and their families. We run safe migration workshops and help families to create safe livelihoods for themselves and their neighbors. We support many families to stay connected with their communities and to avoid the devastating impacts of unsafe migration and human trafficking.Read more
Masses moving - another exodus
Beating sun and cloud of dust
Piling hunger and killing thirst
Pillars conglomerate my comrades.
Carrying ache of restrictive covenants
On heavy hearts and heaving hips
The impressive prisoner's parade
The great expanse towards the gloom of Nowheresville!
The 2000-year-old Indian Church still grapples with being a transparent, just, and inclusive entity. Indian society is caste-based, where Dalits constitute around 20% of the total of the population of 1.3 billion. Heinous forms of untouchability practices of exclusion and deprivation have been unleashed against Dalits. They are economically exploited, socially ostracized, politically powerless, and remain as daily wagers and migrants, living in abject poverty, inadequate housing, illiteracy, and health hazards.Read more
by Dr. Dhyanchand Carr, Madurai, India
Thousands of migrant workers were forced to go back home bereft of living needs in the context of COVID-19. Lockdown was suddenly imposed on several million in India. In our state alone there were 1.2 million migrant workers from underdeveloped states like Odisha and Bihar. They came as contract labor workers, which is virtually a system of bonded labor.Read more
In the June 2020 newsletter from the Diocese of Durgapur of the Church of North India, there are updates on the various responses to COVID-19 in the community.
The newsletter shares an update on the Anti-Human Trafficking program, which has been offering relief to migrant workers returning from neighboring states and have been placed in quarantine centers for 14 days upon arrival back to Durgapur. Additionally, the Diocese of Durgapur newsletter shares on how they have been providing kits of food, soap, and presents for children at the safe homes of the Diocese, as well as several other responses within the community.Read more
Jayaraj, 59, and his son Fenix, 31, were arrested and subjected to brutal torture that resulted in death, in Tuticorin, South India on June 19, 2020 by the Sathankulam police in Tuticorin, South India. Their offense was violating coronavirus lockdown rules by keeping their mobile phone store open 15 minutes beyond curfew.Read more
During my visit to Bangladesh, I visited Climate Technology Park. This is a project of Global Ministries partner, The Christian Commission of Bangladesh (CCDB), and it is something that has never been done anywhere else in the world. Climate resiliency and climate education are the goals for this project.
"The Climate Centre is a unique place, located at Sreepur, 60 km north of Dhaka. The Climate Centre offers visitors exciting learning, research, and capacity building opportunities on climate change, climate adaptation, and mitigation. It uses interactive learning methods and demonstrates more than 50 technologies that are suitable for poor rural communities. The Climate Centre, which is still under construction, consists of a Climate Technology Park, a Learning Centre, and a Climate Campus."
CCDB works toward building climate-resilient communities through reducing risk, creating sustainable income-generating options, and introducing climate adaptive agriculture. The Bangladesh Lighthouse Project and Climate Technology Park are among some of the initiatives of CCDB. They are keen on using adaptive technology to help low-income communities. The people of Bangladesh deal with water erosion, drought, monsoons, and other climate change issues.
I was able to see first-hand how the resources and techniques being taught at the Climate Technology Park are directly helping men and women who are fishers and farmers. Periodic and severe flooding during monsoons has grown in frequency and intensity due to global warming and many people in Bangladesh are directly impacted. Climate change and severe weather issues impact the lives and livelihoods of Bangladeshi people.
Climate Technology Park is an initiative by CCDB to exhibit innovative, sustainable, low-cost technology effective for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The park is intended to be a hub for innovative climate change techniques that help farmers and fishers.
To read more information on Climate Technology Park click here.