(ANS - Garigaon) - Garigaon is a small settlement located in a strongly tribal region, in the state of Assam. Most of the inhabitants belong to different ethnic groups. They came there as migrants, either because they had abandoned their inaccessible areas of origin in search of a job, or because the lands they cultivated were expropriated. But the living conditions of these families have not improved after migration, with the added weight of the misery of displacement. The Sons of Don Bosco are working to help them.
(ANS - Yangon) - At a meeting on 10 March, the Parliament of the Republic of Myanmar approved unanimously the Vatican proposal to establish diplomatic relations. The Vatican proposal was issued on 8 February 2017. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB, Archbishop of Yangon, is among the architects of the historic agreement.
(ANS - Juba) - "The civil war continues with endless killings, rapes, looting, and attacks on churches and buildings. Our country is in the midst of a dire humanitarian crisis ... Our people struggle daily to survive ... Millions of South Sudanese are affected by hunger and forced to flee or find shelter in refugee camps." These are some of the most dramatic passages from the "Pastoral Message to the faithful and to all the people". In it the South Sudanese bishops have launched their appeal for a return to negotiations and a search for solutions to the war and humanitarian crisis.
Egypt - Higher Education in the Salesian School in Cairo
(ANS - Cairo) - Over the years the Don Bosco Industrial Technical Institute in Cairo has been a centre of excellence. Every year it trains many young people as industrial experts, prepares them to enter the world of work and in this way helps Egypt to a high level of industrial development. In recent months, a number of innovative projects have been developed in the field of renewable energy. We listen to what the people involved have to say:
A rich man who helped Lazarus
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Indonesia – Asian Youth Day 2017, in preparation
(ANS – Jakarta) – To encourage and accompany young people in Asia to live and promote a "culture of solidarity and encounter with the other, in the multicultural and multireligious societies of Asia" and increase the awareness of the contribution to give to the Church and society: this is the intent of the seventh Asia Youth Day, which in 2017 will be held in Yogyakarta in central Java, from July 30 to August 9, 2017. The theme chosen for the event which will bring over 3,000 young Catholics from 29 Asian countries to Indonesia is "Joyful Asian Youth! Living The Gospel In Multicultural Asia".
Sudan - "They all appreciate the services offered by Don Bosco to the young"
(ANS - El Obeid) - In recent months the Salesian house in El Obedi received some important visits: a few days ago there was that of the Queen of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser. In December 2016 several members of the State Legislative Assembly visited it, and before that, in November 2016, officials of UNICEF and the Ministry of Education paid a visit. Why so much interest? The fact that in a world that is far from simple, the Don Bosco Centre is changing the lives of thousands of young people by means of one of the typical elements of Salesian education: Vocational Training.