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
Boat capsizes, at least 100 missing
Nine charged with trafficking after Bay of Bengal sinkingThe sea is a major transit route for human traffickers from Bangladesh
- ucanews.com reporter Coxâ€™s Bazar
- November 1, 2012
Muhammad Forhad, a local police chief in Coxâ€™s Bazar district, said the boat was allegedly trafficking people to Malaysia.
Although some were Rohingyas displaced by earlier clashes in Rakhine state, Forhad's statement appears to contradict earlier news reports that the passengers were refugees from the latest outbreak of violence.
â€śHalf of the passengers were Rohingya refugees, the rest were residents from Teknaf and Coxâ€™s Bazar,â€ť said Forhad, adding there were only six known survivors.
One of the survivors Abu Bakkar, 25, said the boat capsized in heavy seas and he along with five other people swam to safety.
â€śFishermen rescued us from the sea, but we donâ€™t know what happened to others.â€ť
Forhad said they are still searching for missing passengers and that several of the alleged trafficking ringÂ had been arrested.
â€śEach of the passengers paid 20,000 taka [US$ 245] for 'lucrative' jobs in Malaysia," he said. "Thanks to information provided by the survivors we have pressed human trafficking charges against nine locals.â€ť
According to the Dhaka-based Bangladesh National Women Lawyersâ€™ Association, more than 10,000 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked out of the country annually.
Human trafficking still a curse in Bangladesh
Caritas Bangladesh tackles trafficking