(ANS - Vatican City) - The Salesians are the children of a migrant, Don Bosco, who came from the rural area of Castelnuovo d'Asti and moved to Turin. The first people he worked for were young migrants and the first missionaries in Argentina had to take care of Italian migrants. But above all, today, the Salesians work with and for migrants, especially children and youth, in all continents. That's why the Salesians are taking part in the International "Migration and Peace" Forum, going on these days (21-22 February) at the Vatican.
(ANS – Tegucigalpa) – According to a report of the World Bank, in Latin America and the Caribbean, there are “20 million young people who neither work nor study”. They are youth exposed in a direct way to the risk of social exclusion and who constitute an important challenge for the Salesians, who try to make up directly for what is not done by the administration and the authorities. This is what is being done by the “San Juan Bosco” Vocational Training Centre (VTC) of Tegucigalpa, committed to “reaching the heart of every young person”.
(ANS – Monrovia) – Human migration is an historical phenomenon that lasted for centuries and caused the growth and prosperity of many countries. But it is a double-edged sword: it has its benefits and its perverse effects. What really matters is creating a safe, free and just society in every country.
(ANS - Rome) - The exploitation of children as soldiers is unfortunately a common practice in many of the conflicts that are still active in the twenty-first century. The International Day against the use of child soldiers on 12 February should be a warning of what remains to be done to eradicate this cruel and inhuman practice. As Salesians, we believe that the school and the courtyard are the right place for the child or adolescent, not the battlefield.