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
Caritas marks national day for disabled
Events across country remind Bangladeshis to care more for those with disabilitiesDisabled people participate in a rally to mark National Day for Disable Persons in Mymensingh
- Sumon Nongmin, Mymensingh
- April 7, 2011
Hundreds of physically and mentally handicapped people attended rallies, discussion meetings and cultural functions under the theme â€śCommitted to the Development of the Autistic and Physically Disabledâ€ť.
About 100 people with special needs attended a special program organized by Caritasâ€™ Development Initiatives for People with Disabilities (DIPD) project in Haluaghat, in Mymensingh district.
Some participants lamented that even though they have qualifications or skills, they sometimes feel they are undervalued in society and the workplace.
â€śI was refused admission at school when I was child. It was so disappointing, but I didnâ€™t give up and pursued my studies anyway,â€ť said Hosne Ara, 23, a Muslim girl, who has a crippled leg.
She believes many disabled people across country are often deprived of their rights, but that things could be changing for the better.
â€śIâ€™m thankful to Christian institutions, especially Caritas who came to my aid and found a job for me,â€ť she said
â€śThey are a voice for the rights of the disabled and now the government and other NGOs are coming round too,â€ť she added.
Wahab Mian, 53, who makes handicrafts with the support of Caritas, said he has had better experiences.
â€śTyphoid rendered my only leg numb when I was five and I donâ€™t consider myself mistreated by society. But I think disabled people need more support from the government and NGOs,â€ť he said.
According to Caritas DIPD officer Altus Nokrek, around 10% of Bangladeshâ€™s population has a disability.
The DIPD project offers educational support, vocational training and livelihood assistance for disabled people.