Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Activist, Caritas aid trafficked women
Say they are trying to bring sexually abused workers home from LebanonPoor women and children are most at risk from traffickers
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- February 1, 2012
Rosaline Costa, coordinator of Hotline Human Rights Bangladesh, along with Caritas Lebanon have so far succeeded in repatriating one of the women, Rajeda Begum, who returned home last week.
Costa said this week that they were trying to repatriate the other 23 women currently being held by police or receiving care at a Caritas Lebanon shelter.
All were lured by an agent from a local recruiting agency with the promise of a high-end job in Lebanon.
Begum and the others flew to Beirut on August 27 last year and within a few days her family at home lost contact with her.
On 3 October she called home and told her family she had been taken to a house upon arrival at Lebanon but soon afterward was sexually assaulted and beaten up. She later managed to escape and went to the Lebanese police.
The police took her into protective custody and later placed her in the care of Caritas Lebanon.
Costa became involved when Begumâ€™s husband approached her to help him get his wife home after his appeals to authorities fell on deaf ears, he said.
As for the other women, Costa said her organization hopes to repatriate them soon.
â€śI condemn those involved in such heinous crimes like human trafficking. We canâ€™t tolerate criminals who trade human beings, exploiting their poverty and innocence. They must be prosecuted,â€ť Costa said of the agencies that sent the women to Lebanon.
Rafique Enterprise, the Dhaka agency that recruited Begum, denied any involvement with trafficking when contacted, and accused Begum of being a thief.
â€śRajeda Begum was sent to Lebanon and employed in due process. This woman is greedy and left her employerâ€™s house after stealing valuables. After she was caught by the police she told this false story,â€ť said Rafiquzzaman Khan, the owner.
Catechists get anti-trafficking training
Caritas Bangladesh tackles trafficking