(ANS – Freetown) – “Once a guard told us that we were not allow to kill cockroaches, because our lives were of less value than that of a cockroach,” says an inmate who spent 4 years in Pademba. The lives of inmates, "faceless men" in the prison of Pademba Road is an experience of continued suffering. Not by chance is it called "Hell on earth." But for the prisoners, life is not easy even when you leave the place. Unless someone decides to help you.
(ANS - Lungi) - Anthony Leung is a young Salesian cleric born in Hong Kong and called to be missionary; he is currently carrying out a two-year training period in Sierra Leone. He is the second missionary in Salesian history that comes from China.
(ANS - Freetown) - Aminata and Augusta did not know each other. Augusta worked as a prostitute to be able to eat, but now has her own catering business and strives to make it clear to other girls that they should not take that road. Aminata, on the other hand, believes she has to be a prostitute because her grandmother and her mother both were. Augusta is grateful to Don Bosco for the new life that has been given to her, while Aminata is aware of wanting to get out of that world, and appreciates the Salesians' efforts to persuade her, ... but she still resists.
(ANS – Freetown) – A few months ago, an urban bus from Badajoz (Extremadura) was sent to Freetown (Sierra Leone) to cooperate in one of the projects for the minors at risk of exclusion living on the streets of the city. The first objective is to save prostitutes who are minors. This is one of the stories of "a forgotten childhood girl".
(ANS – Freetown) – Three years ago Sierra Leone was mentioned in the media all over the world as the country where people died of Ebola. “The truth – the Spanish daily ‘El Mundo’ wrote – is that Sierra Leone is sinking into oblivion and only a smaller number of NGOs remain in the zone”. While media and international organizations seem to have forgotten, Salesians did not leave any room to oblivion, abandonment and despair. The Salesian Mission Procure of Madrid and the Sons of Don Bosco continue to help and work to secure a future to children and young people.
(ANS - Freetown) - Alberto López is a Spanish journalist at the Department of Communication of the Salesian Missions Office in Madrid. A few days ago he visited one of the most inhumane prisons in the world in order to prepare for a documentary on the work of the Salesians with the most disadvantaged young people of Sierra Leone.
Croatia - A priest at the "Ultra Festival". To give living water
(ANS - Split) - What was a Salesian priest doing at the "Ultra Europe Music Festival" (Split - July 13-19), a sort of Woodstock of the 21st century? Answering the question is Fr Damir Stojič himself, a Salesian born in Toronto, but belonging to the Province of Croatia.
Put yourself in "someone else's shoes"
While in recent years the global scenario is increasingly characterized by a climate of widespread intolerance, where violence and xenophobia create a culture of division, in everyday life, within the family, with friends, in associations or groups, one the one hand we experience a need to live authentic relationships and on the other the sad truth of fatigue or of failure.
Chile – National Convention of Domenico Savio Club Animators
(ANS - Santiago) - With 55 animators and assistants from all the country's communities, the National Convention of the Animators of the Domenico Savio Clubs (CDS) took place in the Lo Cañas retreat from 7 to 9 July.
Nicaragua - The First Salesian of Central America
(ANS - Granada) - Narciso Sequeira Arellano (1851-1923), originally from Granada, Nicaragua, was the first Salesian in Central America. He decided to enter the Salesian Congregation in 1895. He was 44, single and ridding himself of his wealth.