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 trains people to fight social injustice
Bangladesh tribal people learn how to defend themselves legallyTribal people attend a Caritas training course on leadership, human rights and good governance at Mymensingh
- Sumon Nongmin, Mymensingh
- January 31, 2011
Two of the northeastern officeâ€™s local development branches, the Protection and Establishing Rights on Land of Adivasi in Mymensingh (PERLAM) and the Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) organized the training program for 75 people Jan. 25-27.
Participants came from various ethnic tribal groups in the area.
The training was aimed at helping people defend their rights regarding ongoing land problems, violence against women, human trafficking and navigating bureaucracy.
â€śEthnic tribal and minority religious groups face many problems but donâ€™t know how to go about resolving them,â€ť said one participant Proshanto Ruram, an NGO worker.
â€śFor example, I now know who I have to go to if I have a land problem,â€ť he added.
Another participant Dipali Hajong, a tribal Hindu Hajong and school teacher said she is now much more aware of her legal rights.
â€śAs a minority we sometimes face persecution from the majority. This training has shown us to whom we can turn to get legal assistance,â€ť she told ucanews.com.
Caritas PERLAM-MJF trainer Osman Goni, explained why the program was so important for local tribal people.
â€śTribal people in Mymensingh often donâ€™t know who to turn to when they fall victim to social injustice. Many feel helpless and vulnerable,â€ť Goni said.
This training will help participants take control of their lives better, get proper documentation and know which officials to see to claim their rights.
About half Bangladeshâ€™s approximate 400,000 Catholics are tribal people.
Caritas binds NGOs to joint push for justice