This short introduction is being written as some of us are gathered in Budapest for the training with RENATE Board members on Advocacy, Lobbying and Campaigning against trafficking. It is that time before Easter when we think of the suffering in our world and pray for transformation.
This morning we gathered in the chapel of the Salvadorian sisters and followed the road of the Cross with Christ, exposed in our present day, with pictures of the suffering faces of the victims of human trafficking. We shared the reflection: ‘When I walk down the street, I look at the faces of people. Some of them with admiration, others indifferently, others critically… there are also faces which I try not to look at, I do not want to hear the call of a beggar or see the eyes of the child on the street. Most earn money for their owners, people think they are their husbands or Father or Mother.
I turn my eye away, not seeing their deeply wounded humanity. The world of sold people is close to me but I cannot see their faces.’ Maybe as we read this newsletter we can turn our eyes and hearts to the many less fortunate than ourselves and yes, weep, but also rejoice where there is new life and hope. We are desiring that you may touch some of all of this emotion in the articles included and move into Easter with a spring in your step and hope in your heart that good seeds can be sown and new life can spring forth.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter
Imelda Poole (President MWL)