February 8th, 2019, Bakhita Day Prayer Vigil “Together against human Trafficking.”
On the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking, St. Bakhita Day, URAT Network with the support of the Parish Priest of the Cathedral in Tirana, Don Marjan Lumci and the Archbishop of the Diocese of Tirana-Durres, Mons George Frendo OP, organized a special prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana.
This event gathered all those who work in the anti-trafficking field in Albania. Among those present were Sr Imelda Poole MWL and staff and ad hoc workers form MWL, Ms. Brikena Puka, Vatra Psycho – Social Centre; Mrs. Syrie Pepa D&E Shelter for Trafficked Victims, Erion Prendi SHKEJ Organization; Ms. Ana Majko, ARSIS Initiatives; Different and Equal; Don Marjam Lumci; Caritas Albania, United Response Against Trafficking (URAT) and many Sisters from other Congregations
Many thanks to all who made this evening a success: Ana Stakaj with MWL who facilitated the service on behalf of URAT; Erion Prendi from SHKEJ, chair of URAT, who coordinated the presentation; Gazmir MemaJ who organized the beautiful music; and Genc Gjoci who works with MWL, who coordinated the youth presentations during the event.
We prayed together for the victims of trafficking, we made calls to stop this action and lit candles for the victims. Two short films were also shown, one of Pope Francis speaking about the fight against human trafficking in the world and the other a performance of a song of hope and strength sung by the students for Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham, UK.