AMERICA - Exclusion of poverty in the South American suburbs: new Report of the Dominican Missionaries

Thursday, 3 February 2022 missionary institutes   human promotion   development   poverty   discrimination  

Madrid (Agenzia Fides) - The conditions of poverty, exploitation, inequalities in the peripheries in Latin America are at the center of the report of the "Misioneros Dominicos-Selvas Amazonicas" which is entitled "Sharing hope from the suburbs. A look at poverty in the urban centers of our missions in Latin America". The "Misioneros Dominicos-Selvas Amazonicas", a non-profit organization of the Dominicans of the Spanish Province, draw attention to situations of exclusion and impoverishment in urban centers, where inequalities are mostly invisible but very accentuated. The Report denounces the causes of poverty and offers a glimpse of hope from the suburbs and communities where Dominican missionaries are present.
The Report is presented today, February 3, in Madrid at 7.30 pm with the possibility of following the initiative online through social media, and will see the participation of Fr. Jesús Díaz Sariego, OP, Prior of the Dominicans of the Spanish Province and José Luis Segovia Bernabé, Episcopal Vicar for Social Pastoral Care and Innovation of the Archdiocese of Madrid.
The document develops and investigates some fundamental dimensions of urban poverty: options regarding consumption and personal development; physical and emotional living conditions, opportunities to overcome various types of discrimination; access to participate individually and collectively in public life. All this is completed by the analysis of various indicators: health, education, water and sanitation, housing, energy, social connectivity, security, means of subsistence.
"The phenomenon of urban poverty reaches greater dimensions because both its causes as well as its consequences and solutions are truly complex", reads the note sent to Fides. The "Misioneros Dominicos-Selvas Amazonicas" just want to make their voices heard by joining that of all the ecclesial and social organizations that daily defend the dignity of the most vulnerable people and contribute with their work to create a more just and fraternal world". (E.G.) (Agenzia Fides, 3/2/2022)