AFRICA/SENEGAL - Caritas Senegal launches a national campaign for migrants and refugees

Thursday, 14 June 2018 caritas  

Dakar (Agenzia Fides) - From 19 to 24 June, Caritas Senegal is organising a week of shared activities with migrants and refugees in Dakar, as part of the Global Action Week of Caritas Internationalis.
The Global Action Week on migrants is one of the highlights of the global "Share the Journey" campaign launched by the 165 Caritas organizations and launched by Pope Francis on 27 September 2017 at the Vatican. A symbolic launch meeting took place in Dakar, on the same date, at the Point d'Accueil pour Réfugiés et Immigrés (PARI), and was attended not only by PARI team, but also by the General Secretariat of Caritas Senegal, migrants and refugees in Senegal.
Caritas Senegal will organize various activities and meetings from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June, to discuss, raise awareness and defend migrants; to promote the culture of encounter and solidarity and to pray in support of those migtants who live in particularly difficult conditions.
Among the initiatives promoted in this year's campaign is the "shared meal" with the migrants who find themselves in prison in Dakar on 23 June, and Sunday mass, on 24 June, in St. Joseph church in Medina, followed by moments of sharing, "shared Meals" and cultural animation. This program is open to all organizations and people mobilized for the cause of migrants and refugees, at the center of this week of action.
Senegal is a Country of strong emigration but also of transit of migrants from different African Countries to other destinations. Senegal also welcomes Gambian refugees and also has a high rate of internal migration from rural areas to the main cities of the Country, predominantly the capital, Dakar. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 14/6/2018)