(ANS - Bukavu) - The journalist D. Snow once called Congo "a country cursed by its wealth." "The Second Congo War, called 'the Great War of Africa', sucked in military and civilians from nine countries". In the town of Bukavu, on the shores of Lake Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Salesians have a professional school for street children and poor youth.
(ANS - Sana'a) - The Salesian Family continues to follow with great attention the situation of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped in Aden on 4 March. But he is not the only one who is suffering in Yemen. It is a country that has been sorely tested for the past 16 months of war. It was a civil war at first. Then came the bombing of a Saudi-led coalition. The conflict is assuming frightening proportions and the most affected are, as usual, children: "Children are not safe anywhere in Yemen" said Julien Harneis, the Unicef representative in the Arab country.
(ANS - San Benito Petén) – At the beginning of February a grandiose project was started in the Salesian mission of San Benito Petén. The plan is to build a parish hall, a space that will serve for catechism classes and to bring people together for various activities of the mission and to start a football club on the model of San Lorenzo in Argentina. "With football you can save many young people from the streets,” says Fr Giampiero De Nardi, a Salesian missionary in San Benito Petén.
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.